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… There is 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 International belcanto and lyric tenor repertoire with his natural vocalism and vivid stage presence.
In 2017 Fabian will be reprising the role of Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata for Opera New Hampshire, as well as the role of Pong in Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot and touring in the series of concerts “Tribute to Pavarotti” and “From Opera to Broadway”. Returning to Miami Lyric Opera he will be Count Almaviva in Rossini's comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which he reprises on tour with Teatro Lirico d'Europa in 2018.
In 2016 he performed several solo recitals and returned to Palmetto Opera as part of their concert “From Opera to Broadway” to rave reviews. Robles gave life on short notice to the tenor lead “Jorge”, a role that Alfredo Kraus made famous in Spain’s foremost opera, Emilio Arrieta’s Marina for Miami Lyric Opera, received with unanimous enthusiasm by audiences and critics alike. Engagements for 2015 included Rodolfo in La Bohème and “Pavarotti Tribute” concerts in a coast-to-coast tour in various American cities as well as Carl Orff's difficult tenor part in his Carmina Burana with Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra in Alaska. In 2014 he added Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale to his repertoire and performed on tour for several months as Nemorino in Donizetti's masterpiece L’elisir d'amore, as well as the “Pavarotti Tribute” 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. In the fall of 2013 he was invited to participate in a Verdi Gala celebrating the composer's Anniversary and 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. After a successful debut in Houston in the virtuoso title role of Rossini’s Otello, Mr. Robles toured performing Rossini’s most famous opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi's La Traviata along with many concerts featured as a soloist throughout the United States.
After his debut in the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s masterpiece La Bohème in 2009 in New York City, Robles was invited almost immediately to reprise it at the legendary Cairo Opera House in Egypt, singing it all around the USA afterwards, being the role he has sung the most in his young career. In July 2008 Mr. Robles was featured at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival after being invited to sing the role of Prince Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola, where he was also a winner of the Concerto Vocal Competition. Robles was also featured with Ballet Concerto in their "25th Anniversary Gala", singing with incredible aplomb the difficult tenor part in a staged performance of Orff's Carmina Burana.
The possessor of 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 includes among others Verdi's Rigoletto and La Traviata; Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du régiment, L’elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale; Puccini’s La Bohème and Gianni Schicchi; Rossini's La Cenerentola, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Otello; Mozart's Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro; the Italian Tenor in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Gounod's Roméo et Juliette; Bizet's Les Pecheurs de perles; Orff's Carmina Burana; as well as some of the most beloved Zarzuelas in the Spanish repertoire which require excellent acting and theatrical skills like El Barberillo de Lavapiés, Luisa Fernanda, Los Gavilanes, Doña Francisquita and El Asombro de Damasco and the Spanish opera Marina.
Career highlights include a Zarzuela Gala at the Weill Recital Hall of the prestigious Carnegie Hall, semi-finalist in “Placido Domingo’s Operalia 2007” in Paris, France and the “Francisco Viñas Competition” in Barcelona, Spain in 2008. Fabian was also featured with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra in a Gala celebrating the re-opening of "Teatro La Perla", one of Puerto Rico's most legendary venues.
Mr. Robles has also received various awards including the Honor Award by the Senate and the “Tenor of the Year Award” by the UNESCO for his achievements in the arts. A four time Regional winner at the MET National Auditions, Robles also received the "Best Male Performer" and "Audience Prize" awards in every one of those editions. Adding to his staged performances, his accomplishments also extend to recitals and concert performances including several recital tours, with repertoire ranging from classical and Latin-American art songs, Broadway, Operatic and Zarzuela (Spanish Operetta) highlights as well as oratorio works. Robles is frequently invited to perform with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra as well as other touring companies around the USA with outstanding success. Fabian has also served both as the singing and narrative voice in various TV commercials and events, also performing the National Anthems in appearances ranging from sports events to official Government ceremonies in the presence of important dignitaries. Mr. Robles has worked under the baton of Patrick Summers, Eugene Kohn, Kemal Khan, Bruno Cinquegrani, Theo Alcantara, Lawrence Gilgore, Steven Mosteller, Ken Lam, Gerard Steichen, Roselin Pabon, Linus Lerner, Enrique Carreon-Robledo and Luis Biava. He has studied with great luminaries such as Shirley Verrett, Justino Diaz, Martina Arroyo, Vinson Cole, Antonio Barasorda, Margarita Castro-Alberty, Gioachino "Jack" LiVigni, Danielle Orlando, Joan Dornemann, Kathy Olsen and Jesus Quiñones Ledesma among others.
After graduating 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.