Welsh tenor Robert Lewis is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He returned there last season to commence their celebrated Opera Course, under the tutelage of Adrian Thompson. Robert is very grateful for generous financial support received from the Worshipful Company of Tobacconist and Pipe makers, Help Musicians UK Fund, the Sybil Tutton Award and the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund. In September 2017, Robert attended the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, where he worked with Peter Schreier.
This summer, Robert made his role debut as Nemorino in L'elisir d'Amore at Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon for Iford Arts. Next year he will join Glyndebourne Festival Opera as part of their Jerwood Young Artist Programme, where his roles will include First Prisoner in Fidelio. Other recent engagements include the role of Flute in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Summer 2018 saw him perform the role of Tamino in a school performance of Die Zauberflöte with Garsington Opera and covering the role on the main stage. He also covered the roles of Diener 1 & Diener 3 in Strauss' Capriccio at the Festival. In 2017, he performed in the world-premiere of Belongings - a dramatic song cycle for tenor and cello by composer Samuel Bordoli and librettist Bill Bankes-Jones, a co-commission by Tête à Tête and ‘Sound’ performed on the Caledonian Sleeper Train, the Deeside railway and in public spaces and foyers around King’s Cross throughout Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. He recently reprised this role for Fat Lady Opera and Sparked Echo in Folkestone. Other roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus for Winterbourne Opera. In 2013, he joined the cast of the Welsh National Youth Opera's Centenary production of Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan and returned to Welsh National Opera in 2015 as a tenor member of an eight-part ensemble in their production of the Welsh opera Gair ar Gnawd by Pwyll ap Sion. He has also performed with the Welsh language Opera Company, Opra Cymru. Last season, Robert performed the tenor solo in the world premiere of Rebecca Dale’s Materna Requiem with Welsh National Opera, New Sinfonia and Festival Community Chorus at the North Wales International Music Festival.
In 2016, Robert won the prestigious W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and is one of the youngest singers to have won the award. Previous competition successes include the 2015 Osborne Roberts Blue Riband Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, being again one of the youngest recipients to date. He was also the winner of the David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Prize for the most outstanding tenor in the 19 to 25-year-old category. Robert was one of four finalists in the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year in September 2015. In October 2015, he was chosen to represent the Guildhall in the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Competition between singers from various Conservatoires and was awarded third place. He was also one of four finalists in the Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2016.
Robert is a familiar face on Welsh Television, with recent appearances including a solo performance on ‘Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol’ and a concert featuring Ten Welsh Tenors. As part of the Osborne Roberts Scholarship prize Robert performed as a soloist at the North American Festival of Wales held in Calgary, Canada in September 2016. Robert was also a soloist at the Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert at London’s Cadogan Hall.
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