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Victor Ryan Robertson is an American musical artist distinguished by the compass and color of his tenor voice; he navigates genres comprising classical, contemporary, pop and Broadway to deliver inspiring and thrilling performances on both opera and theatrical stages. Recent successes include the role of Raymond Santana in Anthony Davis’s Central Park Five at Portland Opera, followed by the roles of Elijah and Street X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X at Detroit Opera, Opera Omaha and in concert recorded for commercial release produced by Boston Modern Orchestra Projects, nominated for a 2023 Grammy Award—he soon sings these roles at The Metropolitan Opera of New York. Other current season engagements include Sportin’ Life Porgy and Bess in a co-production between Opera North Carolina and Opera Carolina, The Governor/Vanderdendur/Baron/Ragotski Candide at The Atlanta Opera and a featured appearance in concert performances of Men of Broadway with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Recent appearances include Alfredo La Traviata at Orlando Opera, and the world premiere of Castor and Patience by Gregory Spears, in the role of Nestor, at Cincinnati Opera. He sang Rinaldo Armida with Virginia Opera in 2019, a role he previously sang in the UK’s prestigious Garsington Opera Festival. Victor made his Metropolitan Opera debut in their new 2017 production of Merry Widow as Raoul, and in the same year, his Broadway debut in its longest running show, Phantom of the Opera as Piangi.
Victor sang his signature role, Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, at Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Manitoba Opera, Portland Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Carolina, Sarasota Opera, Coeur D’Alene Opera, Toledo Opera and with Santa Cruz Symphony. Other roles in the artist’s repertoire include Tonio La Fille du Regiment at Lyric Opera of Kansas, Ramiro La Cenerentola and the title role Romeo et Juliette at Spoleto Festival, Romeo at Arizona Opera and Atlanta Opera, Fenton Falstaff at Cleveland Lyric Opera, Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore at Kentucky Opera, title role Les Contes d’Hoffman at Dallas Opera, Nadir Les pecheurs de perles at Toledo Opera and Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi at Opera Carolina.
With a natural ability for contemporary music, Victor inaugurated the role of Benny “Kid” Paret in Terence Blanchard’s celebrated Champion in its world premiere in 2017 at Washington National Opera and later revived the role at Michigan Opera Theatre and at Opera de Montreal. He appeared as Hosea Williams in Douglas Tappin’s I Dream, a piece based upon a series of dreams, reminiscences and premonitions leading up to a fateful moment in modern American history—the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King.
Other significant highlights include the title role Candide at Opera National de Lorraine in France, the title role Orpheus at New York City Opera, and Sportin’ Life in Francesca Zambello’s production of Porgy and Bess on tour worldwide; he also appeared as Rodolfo in Zambello’s La Boheme at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Making his off-Broadway debut, Victor joined the cast of Three Mo’ Tenors at the Little Schubert Theatre in 2007-8 and remained with the show when it toured the US and when it went on to play the Edinburgh Festival, in Moscow, the Dominican Republic, and the UK’s Henley Festival. The artist made his professional debut in Baz Luhrmann’s Rent, an adaptation of Puccini’s La Bohème, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in a record 82 sold-out performances, for which he won the coveted Ovation Award in 2004.