The American-Irish conductor Robert Tuohy has been Music Director of l’Opéra de Limoges since 2013, where he has conducted productions of Carmen, Così fan tutte, Der Freischütz, Eugene Onegin and Pelléas et Mélisande, as well as numerous symphonic programmes spanning a wide range of repertoire. He has recently made his début with l’Orchestra della Fondazione dell’Arena di Verona and l’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, as well as a highly-acclaimed début conducting Lakmé at Opéra de Marseille in May 2017. Future plans include productions of Madama Butterfly, Les pêcheurs de perles and Macbeth, concert versions of Candide and Bluebeard’s Castle, as well as his débuts at the Bolshoi Theatre and at l’Opéra de Reims.
From 2009-2013 he was Assistant Conductor alongside Lawrence Foster at l’Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon. 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 the 2012 and 2013 New Year’s Concerts, a gala performance at l’Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles, several world and French premiere performances, as well as numerous regional and young persons concerts.
With the OONM, 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, La traviata, and the Verdi Requiem. 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. While at the Academy, he conducted performances with all the major RAM ensembles, co-conducted a cycle of Schumann symphonies, and participated in the RAM/South Bank Centre festivals celebrating the music of Peter Maxwell Davies and Luciano Berio.
In 2007, he was chosen by the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra to conduct the LSO in a masterclass with Sir Colin Davis. In 2008 and 2009, he was invited by Kurt Masur to participate in a series of masterclasses and concerts with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in the Orkney Conducting Course, where he studied with Martyn Brabbins and conducted 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.