In the shortest period of time the Canadian tenor Luc Robert has established himself as one of the most interesting “spinto” tenors of our time and is seen especially in the role of Don José. In season 2016/17, Luc Robert is engaged in Carmen productions at Frankfurt Opera, Estonian National Opera, Cape Town Opera and the Opéra de Nice in France. By the end of the season he will join the Montreal Opera for La Bohème.
Luc Robert’s success began in season 2012 when he made his debut as Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller at Malmö Opera, Sweden. During the same season he also sang with great success Gounod’s Faust at the Estonian National Opera, Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Pacific Opera in Victoria and Nicias (Thais) with Finnish National Opera. In autumn 2013, Robert already debuted in the title role of Don Carlo at the Dortmund Opera, Germany and continued the season as Rodolfo (La Bohème) at Malmö Opera and as Macduff in Québec.
Luc Robert’s role debut as Don José took place at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in summer 2014. During that season he also sang the Steuermann at the Opéra de Lyon and stepped in to sing Nicias at the Teatro Municipal of Sao Paulo in Brazil. In 2015, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Verdi’s Ernani along with Angela Meade and Plácido Domingo.
A former firefighter, Luc Robert started his music studies at the “Conservatoire de Musique de Québec” in Montréal and joined the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble in Toronto in 2002. During the 2002/03 season, he made his COC main stage debut in small roles inThe Queen of Spades and Un ballo in maschera, and also covered many roles including Arturo and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), the title role in Albert Herring, Pang (Turandot), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Steva Burya (Jenufa), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca) and the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto).
At Opéra de Québec Robert performed Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) the role of the Duke of Mantua at the Pacific Opera Victoria, Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and again the role of Nemorino at the Opéra de Rennes and Opéra de Nantes as well as Malcolm (Macbeth) with Vancouver Opera. His sacred works include Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Psalm Nr. 13 by Franz Liszt, Messa da Requiem by Verdi. He also sang La Damnation de Faust with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrot.
Oberon's Grove 09.04.2015
"Such a great new singer is Luc Robert in his Finnish National Opera debut. His well sounding voice is just caressing the ears. In the opera, such as Thais, you need such Nobel and cultivated voices."
Päivi Loponen-Kyrönseppä / Aamulehti 27.1.2013
"Luc Robert is a charming and generous playboy Nicias with with a brilliant tenor voice"
Hannu-Ilari Lampila / Helsingin Sanomat 27.1.2013
"Luc Robert's tenor in the role of Nicias sounded spectacularly well"
Jan Granberg / Hufvudstadsbladet 27.1.2013
"Especially the Canadian tenor, who sang the role of Nicias, made a great impression. It would be a pleasure to hear him more. It is not often one can hear such a healty sounding voice with a lot of different nuances."
Jaakko Haapaniemi / Länsi-Savo 27.1.2013
"In the role of the young philosopher Nicias we heard Luc Robert, who has a pure and crystal clear tenor voice."
Liisamaija Hautsalo / Turun Sanomat 27.1.2013
"One mentions often that one reason why Thais is not played that frequently, is the difficulty of the tenor role Nicias. For Luc Robert it was obviously a 'piece of cake' "
Jukka Lind / Etelä-Saimaa 27.1.2013
"It is rare one hears Verdi singing such a fantastic way on any stage in Sweden"
Ella Petersson, Sveriges Radio, Kulturnytt
"The beautiful stage in Malmö has found silver nuggets for most of the roles. If you want to hear stars singing, you will need to go there immediately"
Sören Schauser, Berlingske
"The singers in the premiere sound near to a dream team."
Jakob Levinsen, Jyllandsposten
"One of the best casts we have heard in many years"
Lars-Erik Larsson, Skånska Dagbladet
"Unique celebration of singing art. Magnificent performing. Exiting as a Hollywood film!"
Bo Löfvendahl, Svenska Dagbladet
"Celebration of the voices. Luc Robert is a gold treasure from Canada. A real tenor!"
Gunilla Brodrej, Expressen
Nemorino - L'Elisir d'Amore
Tonio - La Fille du Régiment
Edgardo - Lucia di Lammermoor
Pinkerton - Madama Butterfly
Cavaradossi - Tosca
Pang - Turandot
Rodolfo - La Bohème
Macduff - Macbeth
Duca - Rigoletto
Alfredo - Traviata
Steva Burya - Jenufa
Albert Herring - Albert Herring
Peter Quint - Turn of the Screw
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9
LISZT - Psalm No. 13
PUCCINI - Messa di Gloria
VERDI - Requiem