Young Welsh tenor, Robert Lewis is currently in his final year on the B.Mus. Vocal Studies course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London under the tutelage of Adrian Thompson, one of Britain’s leading operatic character tenors.
Robert recently won the prestigious W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and at the age of 20, 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.
On the Operatic stage, Robert has performed the role of 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 last year 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 summer, Robert joined Garsington Opera as a member of their ensemble in Il Turco in Italia. Other recent engagements include 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. Robert was also a soloist at the Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert at London’s Cadogan Hall.
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.
In September 2017, Robert attended the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, where he worked with Peter Schreier.
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