American tenor Robert Stahley, winner of the 2019 Richard Wagner Society competition, is a current member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein young artist program at LA Opera. A budding dramatic tenor, in the 19/20 season Robert sings First Armored Man in Barrie Kosky’s famed production of Die Zauberflöte, as well as Parpignol in the North American premiere of Barrie Kosky’s La bohème, both at Los Angeles Opera. In concert, he sings Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa. During the 2020 festival season, Robert will return to the Santa Fe Opera as a second-year Apprentice artist, where he will reprise the role of First Armored Man, and sing Melot in Tristan und Isolde.
Recent projects include the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Arbor Opera Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan, performances as Lenny in Of Mice and Men and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos in scenes programs with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and William Marshall in Regina and Trajan in Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian for workshop performances with Canadian Opera Company. On the symphonic stage, Robert performed arias from Tosca and Die Zauberflöte with the Indianapolis Symphony, Pang in Turandot with the Kentucky Symphony, the tenor solos in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Amherst Bach Festival and Schubert’s Mass in A-flat with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).Read more
Throughout his education, and at training programs of the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Palm Beach Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, Robert has studied and performed, covered or studied the partial roles of Rodolfo (La bohème), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Siegmund (Die Walküre), the title roles in Candide and Idomeneo, The Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen), Charlie (Mahagonny-Songspiel), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), B.F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), The Lamplighter and Drunk (The Little Prince), Sam Kaplan (Street Scene), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), and Hubert Humphrey (Dark River).
A native of historical Essex County, Massachusetts, Robert Stahley was the 3rd prize winner in the 2018 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition, 1st prize in the 2017 Piccolo Vocal Competition, and a finalist in the 2018 Mildred Miller Competition. He completed his Artist Diploma and Masters degrees at the College Conservatory of Music and currently resides in Southern California.
“Robert Stahley performed with fervor and a robust voice…a heroic display of vocal acrobatics that earned an extended ovation from the audience.”