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 was engaged in Carmen productions at Frankfurt Opera, Estonian National Opera, Cape Town Opera and the Opéra de Nice in France.
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 in The 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).
Luc’s success began in 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. His 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.
In the season 2017-18 he joined the Montreal Opera for La Bohème, and sang Cavaradossi in Calgary and Ernani under the baton of Maestro Daniel Oren at the Latvian National Opera as well as at Nationaltheater Manneim.
Luc Robert’s most recent and future engagements include the role of Dick Johnson in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West at the Estonian National Opera (directed by José Cura), as well as Don José at the Essen Aalto Theatre and the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. His debut at the Leipzig Opera as Don José in the spring of 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. In season 2020-21 he will make his debut as Manrico (Il trovatore) at the Latvian National Opera.
Oberon's Grove 09.04.2015