The American-Irish conductor Robert Tuohy has been Music Director of l’Opéra de Limoges since 2013, where he has conducted productions of Bluebeard’s Castle, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Der Freischütz, Eugene Onegin, Madama Butterfly, Les pêcheurs de perles, and Pelléas et Mélisande. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include Candide at l’Opéra de Marseille and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, as well as Macbeth at l’Opéra de Limoges and l’Opéra de Reims. Concert highlights include performances with Nadine Sierra at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and l’Auditorium de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, a concert with Michael Fabiano and the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya” at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, as well as his debut at the Smetana Hall with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Other recent engagements include performances at the Bolshoi Theatre, l’Orchestra della Fondazione dell’Arena di Verona, l’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, l’Orchestre Pasdeloup, l’Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, and l’Opéra de Reims, as well as a highly-acclaimed début conducting Lakmé at Opéra de Marseille in 2017. Future plans include productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Cendrillon, Eugene Onegin, Lakmé, Macbeth, and Les pêcheurs de perles, new collaborations with l’Opéra de Marseille, l’Opéra de Reims, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, as well as his débuts at l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and l’Opéra de Toulon.
From 2009-2013 he was Assistant Conductor alongside Lawrence Foster at l’Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier. Opera performances with the OONM include Die Fledermaus and Rusalka, as well as highly-praised productions of Manon Lescaut and Lakmé. Symphonic work with the OONM has included two New Year’s Concerts, a gala performance at the Royal Opera of Versailles, several world and French premiere performances, as well as numerous regional and young persons concerts. At l’Opéra de Montpellier, Robert served as assistant conductor on productions of Aida, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, Don Giovanni, Elektra, La fille du régiment, Mefistofele ,Le nozze di Figaro, Otello, Rigoletto, Samson et Dalila, Semiramide, and La traviata. He has also worked as assistant conductor for Les Troyens at l’Opéra de Marseille and for René Koering’s Die Marquise von O at l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
Robert trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst. He graduated with distinction, won the Ernest Read Conducting Prize, and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for outstanding final recital. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur and Martyn Brabbins, and has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra , and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Robert was principal conductor of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2009, and has also served as assistant conductor of the Cheltenham Music Festival Academy and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.