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Robert Lewis

Tenor

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Robert Lewis, originally from Llanfyllin in Mid Wales, has a strong, robust tenor voice, which is very impressive in a singer so young. Having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's B.Mus Vocal Studies Course, taught by Adrian Thompson, he is now engaged on their prestigious Opera Course. 

Welsh tenor Robert Lewis is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He returned there this 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 will make his role debt as Nemorino in L'elisir d'Amore at Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon for Iford Arts. 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. Other roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus for Winterbourne Opera. In 2013, he joined the cast of the Welsh National 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.

This 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 coveted 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. Recent appearances include 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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Chilcott Requiem
Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Dale, Rebecca Materna Requiem
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Handel Messiah
Haydn Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Stainer Crucifixion
Chilcott
Requiem
Coleridge-Taylor
Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Dale, Rebecca
Materna Requiem
Dvorak
Stabat Mater
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Mozart
Requiem
Stainer
Crucifixion
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamFlute
Mozart Die ZauberflöteTamino
Samuel Bordoli BelongingsTenor
Strauss, J Die Fledermaus (Weinberger Version)Alfred
Strauss, R CapriccioDiener 1/ Diener 3 (cover)
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Flute
Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
Tamino
Samuel Bordoli
Belongings
Tenor
Strauss, J
Die Fledermaus (Weinberger Version)
Alfred
Strauss, R
Capriccio
Diener 1/ Diener 3 (cover)

Opera

L'elisir d'amore

Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Fine Times Recorder
Tenor Robert Lewis, still studying at the Guildhall, shows from the start that he is as fine an actor as a singer, and he makes the often wet Nemorino into the sort of boy the audience will want to protect.
Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Stage
As Nemorino the humble farmhand, Robert Lewis produces a boyish tenor to convey his naive passion for Adina (Claire Lees)
Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Guardian
Robert Lewis was the hapless Nemorino, his tenor strong and forthright, and words super-clear
Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Wiltshire Times
The voices of the leads complemented each other perfectly and the comic timing, particularly of the two lovers, Adina and Nemorino, was spot on.
Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Arbuturian
Welsh tenor Lewis is a superbly appealing Nemorino, both vocally and theatrically; creating peals of laughter when he climbs the central pole of the tent in order to escape the attentions of the womenfolk in the village after he has imbibed the seductive potion.

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