Tenor Fabian Robles receives 2020 as the 1st-place winner of the Mozart Division at the Lyra International Vocal Competition. He opened 2019 in the company of a stellar cast that includes superstar tenor Roberto Alagna, soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and baritone Roberto Frontali in Leoncavallo’s "I Pagliacci" for Culturarte Puerto Rico. Robles returned to Palmetto Opera with an Operetta Gala and reprises 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 Opera New Hampshire to perform the role of Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata before going on tour with a series of concerts with sensational response from the audience in every performance. He also returned to Miami Lyric Opera Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, after giving life on short notice to the tenor lead "Jorge" (a role that Alfredo Kraus made famous) in Spain’s foremost opera, Arrieta’s Marina, with unanimous enthusiasm from audiences and critics alike.
After his debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème in New York, Robles was invited to reprise the role at the legendary Cairo Opera House in Egypt, as well as many cities in the USA the following years. Engagements for recent years also include Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Nemorino in L’elisir d'amore. Fabian was featured at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival to sing the role of Prince Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola, where he was also a winner of the Concerto Vocal Competition. After a successful debut for Houston’s Opera in the Heights as Nadir in Bizet’s Les pecheurs de perles, Fabian returned to debut in the title role of Rossini’s Otello. Mr. Robles also toured performing Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Traviata along with many concerts featured as a soloist throughout the United States to rave reviews.
In his native Puerto Rico, 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. He 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 "Género Grande" tradition in the Spanish lyric repertoire. Robles was also part of Ballet Concierto 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.
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, Robles excels 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; 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. 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 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 each 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 highlights. 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, Krassimir Topolov, Enrique Carreon-Robledo and Luis Biava.
Graduated 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 and coaches Danielle Orlando, Joan Dornemann, Kathy Olsen among others.