Robert Macfarlane studied at Elder Conservatorium and Hochschule für Musik ‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’. He undertook extensive study of the Baroque repertoire with Howard Crook and has studied and performed with world-renowned accompanist Malcolm Martineau.

Most recent engagements have included his debut with Opera de Lyon performing Tybalt in Boris Blacher’s Roméo et Juliette, and with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in the role of Pong in Turandot, Rossini’s Petite Messe for Canberra International Music Festival, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Haydn’s The Seasons for the Halberstädter Domfestspiele, St John Passion with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Wär Gott nicht bei uns diese Zeit with Gewandhaus Orchestra/Thomanerchor, Ircano in Hasse’s Semiramide in Graz and Leipzig, Monostatos in The Magic Flute for West Australian Opera, Orfeo in Peri’s Euridice for Woodend Winter Arts Festival, the roles of Echo and Pastore (and understudying the title role) in L'Orfeo with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for Brisbane Festival and in Sydney and Melbourne, and Britten’s St Nicolas with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Robert made his Lyric debut in the 2017 production of The Japanese Princess, returning the same season in the roles of Fortune / Arnalta in The Coronation of Poppea. 

ROBERT MACFARLANE

Tenor

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