Roberto Abate recently made his European debut in Holland, as Don José Carmen for the International Bel Canto Academy in conjunction with Opera Holland Noord. He is currently covering Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (Opera North).
Roberto’s roles have included: Cavaradossi Tosca (Opera North [cover]), Canio I Pagliacci (Opera North [cover], Kentish Opera), Don José Carmen (The Grange Festival [cover]), Opera-Up-Close), Riccardo Un Ballo in Maschera (Bury Court Opera), Rodolfo La Boheme (Regents Opera/King’s Head Theatre), Gabriele Adorno Simon Boccanegra (Fulham Opera), Luigi Il Tabarro (Opera Vera/ Fulham Opera), Gherardo Gianni Schicchi (Fulham Opera), and Adam in Tom Floyd’s Shadow of the Wave (premiere RWCMD/ Tête-à-Tête Festival Revival).
Roberto performed with WA Opera from 2006 to 2010 as a principal artist, and sang in the company’s Young Artist Concert Series from the 2007 inaugural year and was a member of the Young Artist Program from 2008. He was awarded the Bendat Scholarship in 2009 and the Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist full-time position with WA Opera for 2010. Roberto has also been the recipient of the Royal Schools of Music Young Singer Competition, the Michelle Robinson Scholarship for Most Outstanding Classical Singer (WAAPA), and finalist in the Herald Sun Aria Competition in Melbourne in 2012 and the Bel Canto Award run by the Joan Sutherland Society in Sydney, both in 2012 and 2013.
Roberto has also sung the tenor solos in Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, and appeared as soloist in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Gala Concert with Sumi Jo in 2010, and Opera Gala with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dennis O’Neill at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2012.
As the recipient of the Australian International Opera Awards scholarship and the Frank and Viola Tait Award from the Tait Memorial Trust, Roberto completed his masters in Advanced Vocal Technique with Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff.
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