"... Robert Stahley performed with fervor and a robust voice, convincingly conveying his anguish at the idea of sacrificing his son. His powerful Act II aria [...] was a heroic display of vocal acrobatics that earned an extended ovation from the audience."
-Janelle Gelfand (Cincinnati.com)
Tenor Robert Stahley, known for his performances that “stole the show” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), is making waves throughout the operatic industry. Upcoming engagements include joining Palm Beach Opera as a Benenson Young Artist, covering the roles of Alfred (Die Fledermaus) and Alfredo (La Traviata), and singing the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann with Arbor Opera Theater. He will also appear as the tenor soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the UMass Amherst Bach Festival. The 2017-2018 season included a return to Opera Theater of St. Louis in the role of Mr. Marshall in Regina with Susan Graham and James Morris, a third place win in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, the title role in Candide, the tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass in A-flat, and a debut with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as Pang in Turandot. In previous seasons, he has performed and covered roles such as B.F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Idomeneo (Idomeneo), The Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen), Charlie (Mahagonny-Songspiel), The Lamplighter and Drunk (The Little Prince), Sam Kaplan (Street Scene), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), and Hubert Humphrey (Dark River).
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Mr. Stahley recently made his Indianapolis Symphony debut singing arias from operas such as Tosca and Die Zaubeflöte. He has also been the tenor soloist for Jeanne d’Arc au bucher, Handel's Messiah, and appeared in several operatic scenes, such as Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lenny (Of Mice and Men), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann), The Duke (Rigoletto), and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly).
Mr. Stahley holds an M.M. and Artist Diploma from CCM, and a B.M. from UMass Amherst. He has bowed with opera companies such as Opera Theater of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, and Cincinnati Opera.
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