Robert Tuohy


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.

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“All this sounded happily in the orchestra under the direction of the very gifted American-Irish conductor Robert Tuohy, musical director of the opera house in Limoges; he was received with great enthusiasm by the Moscow audience at the Tchaikovsky Hall. … The very young Russian National Symphony Youth Orchestra, completing its third creative season with Lakmé, played with rare accuracy following the music and the expressive hand of the conductor.”


“The orchestral component is very pleasant and, I must admit, unexpectedly surprising. It is pleasant because the young musicians have invested in the performance, it seems, all their optimism and all the enthusiasm for playing this music that is given very rarely in their homeland, even in concert halls. And unexpectedly, because the team – formed on the basis of the educational academy – was performing this score for the first time. There is no doubt that the closest attention was paid to the rehearsal process, and Robert Tuohy, in fact, appeared as a conductor who not only deeply merged with this music, but was also able to convey its essence to young orchestra members.”

Bel Canto

“The collective participant of the performance – the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra – left a pleasant impression of coherence and emotionality. Here it performed under the direction of Robert Tuohy: the Irish maestro presented the score in a bright and dramatic convincing manner, and was attentive to the vocalists.”


“The American Robert Tuohy is a new discovery for us…the orchestra is dripping with colors and sensuality.”
(Lakmé at Opéra National de Montpellier)

Opera Magazine

“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)

Opéra Magazine

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“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)