Music Director – l’Opéra de Limoges
The American-Irish conductor Robert Tuohy has been Music Director of l’Opéra de Limoges since 2013, where he has conducted productions of Bluebeard’s Castle, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Der Freischütz, Eugene Onegin, Macbeth, Madama Butterfly, Les pêcheurs de perles, and Pelléas et Mélisande. Recent engagements include performances at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Candide), the Bolshoi Theatre, l’Auditorium de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), l’Opéra de Marseille (Eugene Onegin, Candide, Lakmé), l’Opéra de Toulon (Les pêcheurs de perles), l’Orchestra della Fondazione dell’Arena di Verona, l’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, l’Orchestre Pasdeloup, l’Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, and l’Opéra de Reims (Macbeth, Les pêcheurs de perles). Future plans include new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Faust, Cendrillon, and Si j’étais Roi.Read more
From 2009-2013 he was Assistant Conductor alongside Lawrence Foster at l’Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier. Opera performances with the OONM include Die
Fledermaus and Rusalka, as well as highly-praised productions of Manon Lescaut and Lakmé. Symphonic work with the OONM has included two New Year’s Concerts, a gala performance at the Royal Opera of Versailles, several world and French premiere performances, as well as numerous regional and young persons concerts.
At l’Opéra de Montpellier, Robert served as assistant conductor on productions of Aida, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, Don Giovanni, Elektra, La fille du régiment, Mefistofele, Le nozze di Figaro, Otello, Rigoletto, Samson et Dalila, Semiramide, and La traviata. He has also worked as assistant conductor for Les Troyens at l’Opéra de Marseille and for René Koering’s Die Marquise von O at l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
Robert trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst. He graduated with distinction, won the Ernest Read Conducting Prize, and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for outstanding final recital. While at the Academy, he conducted performances with all the major RAM ensembles, co-conducted a cycle of Schumann symphonies, and participated in the RAM/South Bank Centre festivals celebrating the music of Peter Maxwell Davies and Luciano Berio.
In 2007, he was chosen by the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra to conduct the LSO in a masterclass with Sir Colin Davis. In 2008 and 2009, he was invited by Kurt Masur to participate in a series of masterclasses and concerts with the Manhattan School of Music
Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in the Orkney Conducting Course, where he
studied with Martyn Brabbins and conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish
Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
“The American Robert Tuohy is a new discovery for us…the orchestra is dripping with colors and sensuality.”
(Lakmé at Opéra National de Montpellier)
“In this performance of Manon Lescaut, one notes above all the superb work accomplished by Robert Tuohy conducting l’Orchestre National de Montpellier”
(Manon Lescaut at Opéra National de Montpellier)
“The American Robert Tuohy is a new discovery for us…the orchestra is dripping with colors and sensuality”
– Opéra Magazine (Lakmé at Opéra National de Montpellier)
“In this performance of Manon Lescaut, one notes above all the superb work accomplished by Robert Tuohy conducting l’Orchestre National de Montpellier” – Opéra Magazine (Manon Lescaut at Opéra National de Montpellier)
“Elegance, poetry, and passion, as well the tragic dimension of the piece are treated with excellent taste. A beautiful lesson to delight all those who regret this or that mythical conductor of the previous generation.”
Classique News (Les pêcheurs de perles at Opéra de Reims)
“The last time he conducted Lakmé, he was already able to balance energy, clarity and precision, and to make the orchestra sing while still supporting the singers. This time we ﬁnd the same mastery, perhaps on an even higher level, paying careful attention to the sound-world, where the timbres give us the exotic dimension and where the dynamic intensity conjures up strong emotions. He obtains a succession of ravishing, scintillating details and striking dissonances from the orchestra, only underlining ‘effects’ with a remarkable sobriety, and all this with a wondrous sense of balance, because none of the lyricism has been sacriﬁced.”
– Forum Opéra (Lakmé at Opéra de Marseille)
“Swept up in the pleasure of introducing this delectable piece to the Marseille public, the American conductor Robert Tuohy – already acclaimed on this same stage last year in Lakmé – shows himself capable of lifting up – and even transcending – the Marseille Opera Orchestra by his own energy (so communicative!). A sparkling, charming, dancing conductor, in complete osmosis with a cast that deserves nothing but the highest praise.”
– Opera Online (Candide at l’Opéra de Marseille)
“Already performed a few days previously at Marseille, it’s with the perfectly rehearsed and reactive forces of l’Opéra de Marseille that Robert Tuohy makes his début at the Avenue Montaigne, as we can already hear in the overture : promising in its vitality, the richness of its dynamics, the highlighted phrasing, the subtlety of its transitions, and brought out even more by the supple conducting of the Irish-American conductor and by the quality of the wind and percussion sections of the Marseille Orchestra. An introductory eloquence that will be conﬁrmed by all that follows.” – Resmusica (Candide at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées)