Tenor Robert Barbaro commenced training in classical voice and performing in operas whilst completing his degrees in Arts and Law at Monash University.
Performance repertoire has included the roles of Nadir in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, Marco in The Gondoliers, Uldino in Verdi’s Attila, The First Prisoner in Fidelio, Raoul de St Brioche in The Merry Widow, Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Obadiah in Elijah and tenor solos in Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle.
For Opera Australia, as a casual chorus member, he has performed in productions of Madama Butterfly, Aida and The Ring Cycle.
Apart from classical repertoire Robert has performed the role of Mario Lanza in an Australian tour of Mario Lanza: the loveliest night of the year, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera and Tony in Terrence McNelly’s Masterclass.
As a recipient of The Opera Society Vocal Scholarship through The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust in 2013, he continued further study in voice, movement and language.
In 2014/15, Robert performed in a world tour with internationally renowned singing group The Ten Tenors and appears in their 2014 album ‘The Ten Tenors – on Broadway.’ Other recordings to his name include albums released by Annalisa Kerrigan Productions and More Than Opera.
He has recently received the Simon George Scholarship to attend the 2015 Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, which he very much looks forward to attending.
The role of Dr Noel Kirk marks Robert’s first engagement with Lyric Opera of Melbourne.