for A Concert of Best Loved Operetta on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm
at The Spears Recital Hall on Columbia College Campus.
Fabian Robles, tenor is hailed by critics for having “a voice of uncommon liquidity and resonance, with a sure way with coloratura” (The Financial Times, London) and described as having a “top range with ring and flexibility… with real squillo in his tone and he can spin a bel canto line elegantly” (South Florida Classical Review), tenor Fabian Robles is quickly establishing himself in the belcanto and lyric tenor repertoire with his natural vocalism and vivid stage presence.
The tenor starts 2019 in the company of a stellar cast that includes superstar tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak in a semi-staged production of Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” for Culturarte Puerto Rico reprising the role of Beppe/Arlecchino. Later that year Fabian reprises Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia on tour with Teatro Lirico d'Europa, a role he also performed in 2018 as well as several concerts including “Tribute to Pavarotti Gala” at the Newberry Opera House.
In 2017 Fabian returned to Opera New Hampshire to perform Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata before going on tour with the series of concerts “Tribute to Pavarotti” and “From Opera to Broadway” with sensational response from the audience in every performance. Fabian returned to Miami Lyric Opera as Almaviva in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia after giving life on short notice to the tenor lead “Jorge” (a role that Alfredo Kraus made famous) in Spain’s foremost opera, Arrieta’s Marina, received with unanimous enthusiasm by audiences and critics alike. After his debut in the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s masterpiece La Bohème in New York, Robles was invited to reprise the role at the legendary Cairo Opera House in Egypt, singing it around the USA on tour the following years. Engagements for recent years also include Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Nemorino in L’elisir d'amore, as well as a series of concerts for Opera New Hampshire, Palmetto Opera, Daytona Beach Symphony Foundation, Newberry Opera House, Miramar Performing Arts Center and Ruth Eckerd Hall, among many other venues across the USA. After a successful debut in Houston in the virtuoso title role of Rossini’s Otello and Nadir in Les Pecheurs de perles, Fabian toured performing Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi's La Traviata along with many concerts featured as a soloist throughout the USA. Equally apt for the zarzuela repertoire, Robles was a unanimous revelation with his stage presence in the title role of El Barberillo de Lavapiés, one of the most beloved Zarzuelas of the "Genero grande" tradition in the Spanish lyric repertoire. Robles was featured at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival to sing the role of Prince Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola and invited by Ballet Concerto’s "25th Anniversary Gala", singing with incredible aplomb the difficult tenor part in Orff's Carmina Burana, which he reprised recently with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra in Alaska.
Outstanding vocal qualities including a solid upper extension and uncommon flexibility for coloratura, paired with a noble stage presence and acting skills, allows Robles to excel in a varied repertoire that also includes Verdi's Rigoletto; Donizetti's La fille du régiment, L’elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale; Mozart's Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni; the Italian Tenor in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Gounod's Roméo et Juliette; as well as some of the most beloved Zarzuelas like El Barberillo de Lavapiés, Luisa Fernanda, Los Gavilanes, Doña Francisquita, El Asombro de Damasco and the Spanish opera Marina. Career highlights include being a semi-finalist in both “Placido Domingo’s Operalia 2007” in Paris, France and the “Francisco Viñas Competition” in Barcelona, Spain in 2008 as well as a Zarzuela Gala at the Weill Recital Hall of the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Recipient of various awards including winner of the Concerto Vocal Competition at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Honorary Award by the Senate and the “Tenor of the Year Award” by UNESCO for his achievements in the arts. Also a four-time Regional, "Best Male Performer" and "Audience Prize" winner at the MET National Auditions. His accomplishments also extend to the recital and concert platform including repertoire ranging from Classical and Latin-American art songs, Broadway, and Zarzuela highlights. Graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with degrees in Biology, Pharmacy and Music, Mr. Robles participated in various Young Artists Programs including the Aspen Music Festival, Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance, Portland Opera Performing Institute, International Vocal Arts Institute, New Jersey Opera and Bayview Music Festival.