Robert Lloyd

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One of the great singers of his generation Robert Lloyd was born in Essex and educated at Oxford University.  In 1972 he was appointed Principal Bass at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he sang an enormous range of repertoire. He has also appeared with the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera, New York; La Scala, Milan; the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; the Opera National de Paris Bastille; the Netherlands Opera; the Salzburg Festival; the San Francisco Opera; the Bolshoi and the Chicago Lyric Opera. His repertoire includes Don Carlo, Parsifal, Die Zauberflöte, Aida, Faust, Romeo et Juliette, Simon Boccanegra, Les Troyens, Turandot, Otello, Fidelio, Pelléas et Mélisande and Benvenuto Cellini, La Fanciulla del West, Don Giovanni, Samson et Dalila, Hamlet and Rigoletto.


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    30 Nov 13 WAGNER Parsifal
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “…and Robert Lloyd (Titurel) dominate their scenes.”
    Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 2 December 2013

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    26 Nov 12 DE CERVANTES Don Chichotte
    Chelsea Opera Group

    “Lloyd has enjoyed a long and distinguished career that has encompassed virtually every bass role worth singing…His portrayal of the preposterous yet admirable courtly knight was superbly thought through, vividly capturing his grandeur and despair.”

    George Hall, The Guardian, 26 November 2012

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    26 Jun 12 BERLIOZ Les troyens
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “…the singing, over all, is strong, especially that of…the eminent bass Robert Lloyd as the wizened Priam.”

    Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 26 June 2012

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    05 May 10 VERDI Aida
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “And the veteran Robert Lloyd, as the Egyptian king, demonstrates that he is still an artist to be treasured.”

    George Loomis, The New York Times, 5 May 2010

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    26 Jan 09 MOZART The Magic Flute
    English National Opera

    “Best is Robert Lloyd’s Sarastro, who unleashes an awesome, inspiring voice.”

    Keiron Quirke, The Evening Standard, 26 January 2009

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    23 Sep 08 Opening Night Gala
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “Robert Lloyd exuded savoir-faire.”

    Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, 23 September, 2008

    “And, in the role of the Count des Grieux, we had luxury casting: the veteran British bass Robert Lloyd, who sounded glowing, as he always has.”

    Jay Nordlinger, New York Sun, 24 September 2008