Tenor Robert Barbaro was born in Melbourne and began singing at an early age. In high school he enjoyed singing and playing his favourite songs on the piano by Ben Folds, The Beatles and Elton John. Robert went on to graduate from bachelor degrees in Law and Arts at Monash University. It was at during this time when he developed his love for classical singing and began his training in opera and performance. Since then, Robert has explored a range of repertoire which includes: Schumann’s Dichterliebe and the roles of Uldino in Verdi’s Attila; Raoul de St Brioche in Lehar’s The Merry Widow; the First Prisoner in Beethoven’s Fidelio; Mario Lanza in the national tour of Mario Lanza – The Loveliest Night of the Year; Marco in Sullivan’s The Gondoliers; the tenor solo in Haydn’s Paukenmesse; and Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
He has gained much success in singing competitions throughout Australia; was a Semi-Finalist in the Herald Sun Aria (2011 and 2012) and German Australian Opera Grant (2010 and 2013); and in 2013, was the recipient of the Opera Society Vocal Scholarship with Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.
Robert performs throughout Australia in concerts, variety shows, festivals and community, private and charity events and has made recordings for Annalisa Kerrigan Productions and original songs for More Than Opera.
He is currently a casual chorus member of Opera Australia (operas include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s Aida and Wagner’s Götterdämmerung) as well as a performer with the internationally acclaimed The Ten Tenors. In 2014, he has performed in a North America tour and recorded a new album with The Ten Tenors and last month he performed the role of Tony in Terrence McNally’s award winning play Master Class. He now looks forward to future engagements with The Ten Tenors, which includes an upcoming European Tour.