Tenor Fabian Robles starts year 2019 in the company of a stellar cast that includes superstar tenor Roberto Alagna, soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and baritone Roberto Frontali in a semi-staged production of Leoncavallo’s "I Pagliacci" for Culturarte Puerto Rico reprising the role of Beppe/Arlecchino. Later on he will reprise Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera New Hampshire 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.
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, spinning 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.
In 2017 Fabian returned to perform the role of Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata for Opera New Hampshire as well as Pong in Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot 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" in Spain’s foremost opera, Emilio Arrieta’s Marina, a role that Alfredo Kraus made famous and 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 City, Robles was invited to reprise the role at the legendary Cairo Opera House in Egypt, singing it all 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. Fabian was also 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, which he reprised recently with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra in Alaska.
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. 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 to rave reviews.
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, among others winner of the Concerto Vocal Competition at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Robles received an Honorary 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 the recital and concert platform 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, Maximiano Valdes, Theo Alcantara, Lawrence Gilgore, Steven Mosteller, Ken Lam, Gerard Steichen, Roselin Pabon, Jason Tramm, Linus Lerner, Enrique Carreon-Robledo and Luis Biava.
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, studying with such luminaries as Metropolitan Opera legend bass-baritone Justino Diaz, sopranos Shirley Verrett, Margarita Castro-Alberty, tenors Vinson Cole, Antonio Barasorda, Eduardo Valdez, Jesus Quiñones Ledesma, Gioachino "Jack" LiVigni, Danielle Orlando, Joan Dornemann, Kathy Olsen among others.