“Incantation,” Simon’s Romulus Hunt
“Lenski’s Aria,” Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
“Je crois entendre encore,” Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles
“Avete torto,” Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi
“Boat That’s Leavin’,” Gershwins’s Porgy and Bess
Victor Ryan Robertson
American tenor Victor Ryan Robertson offers a versatile singing ability and style allowing him to cross seamlessly between genres. From opera repertoire to pop music, and everything in between, Robertson delights international audiences to critical acclaim. Recently, Robertson made his Broadway début in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history; performed as Zoogy in Carly Simon’s ambitious contemporary opera Romulus Hunt at Nashville Opera, the recording of which he is featured on and will be submitted for a 2018 Grammy nomination; and was featured on the small screen in a Bank of America Commercial. This season, Robertson continues his on-going run in The Phantom of the Opera, makes his début at The Metropolitan Opera as St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, and portrays Hosea Williams in Douglas Tappin’s R&B opera, I Dream, a new work created for the 50th commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, with Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina.
Additionally, Robertson performs the role of Benny Paret Jr. in Terrence Blanchard’s jazz opera, Champion, with New Orleans Opera, which he performed last season with Washington National Opera. Last season also saw Robertson reprise the role of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Coeur d’Alene, Toledo Opera, Opera Carolina, and Santa Cruz Symphony.
Highlights from recent seasons include the world première of Terence Blanchard’s Champion, in which Mr. Robertson created the role of Benny Paret/Benny Paret Jr. in a landmark production with Opera Theatre St. Louis, which he subsequently performed with Opera Parallele. He also performed Le Capitaine and Prince Ragotski in Candide with Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, France; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Carolina; performed Three Mo’ Tenors in concert in Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic, and Houston; Nadir in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles with Dayton Opera; and Alfredo in La traviata in concert with Atlanta Opera. Additionally, he was recently seen in a Bank of America commercial.
Widely noted for the portrayal of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, he has performed the role with the Minnesota Opera, Opera Carolina, Michigan Opera Theatre, Manitoba Opera, PORT Opera, and Arizona Opera. Another signature role in his repertoire is Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, a role he has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Syracuse Opera, Dallas Opera, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, throughout Australia, on tour in London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff with the Cape Town Opera, and Spoleto Festival USA.
Mr. Robertson made his European début at the Royal Albert Hall in London as Rodolfo in Francesca Zambello’s production of La bohème to wide acclaim. The Guardian says he “offers an appealing, well-defined tenor with plenty of energy.” The Independent praised his “dashing Rodolfo…he delivers body and soul.” He recently returned to the UK to perform Rinaldo in Armida with the Garsington Opera in England.
Additional engagements from recent seasons include his role début as Eurimedes in Telemann’s Orpheus with New York City Opera; Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Spoleto Festival U.S.A; his Dallas Opera début in title role of Les contes d’Hoffmann; Tonio in La fille du régiment at Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Fenton in Falstaff with Opera Cleveland; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina; Prunier in La rondine with Michigan Opera Theatre; Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera and Arizona Opera; his role début as Camille in The Merry Widow and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Kentucky Opera; a concert tour in Shanghai with the Honolulu Symphony; and a Pavarotti Tribute concert with the Sunshine Pops.
Mr. Robertson first earned critical acclaim as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of Puccini’s La bohème at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in a record 82 consecutive sold out shows. Since, he has appeared as one of the tenors in performances of Three Mo’ Tenors in New York City and on tour throughout the world and World Tenors Unleashed, and exciting new project produced by the creators of Three Mo’ Tenors. Quickly getting noticed for his extremely versatile vocal ability, Mr. Robertson’s talents will soon be bringing him to some of the greatest stages of both concert performance and theatre.