Tenor Robert Norman has been hailed as “feisty and funny” (Opera News) and having a “truly lovely, Mozartean tenor” (San Francisco Classical Voice). In 2018, Mr. Norman made his Los Angeles Opera debut in Candide playing several roles including the King of El Dorado and Don Issachar. He is a fifth-place finisher in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, and an L.A. District Winner in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. He received his Masters in Music from CSU Northridge.
Mr. Norman is a current member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with whom he has appeared as a tenor soloist in both Handel’s Messiah and Shawn Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. As a member of the LA Master Chorale, he has sung under the batons of Grant Gershon, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bramwell Tovey, and had the privilege of singing with John Williams on the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker.
He created the role of Mr. Pedrillo in Josh Shaw’s Star-Trek adapted version of Abduction of the Seraglio which has performed nationally at Salt Marsh Opera, Festival Opera, Pacific Opera Project, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and at the famed Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA. He has been heralded in this role as, “exuding nerdy charm” (San Jose Mercury News), and “as one of the highlights of the evening” (Living Out Loud - LA).
A specialist in the operatic character tenor repertoire, Mr. Norman has performed as Goro in Madama Butterfly (Opera San Jose, Dayton Opera, Salt Marsh Opera); Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seraglio (Dayton Opera, Opera Orlando, Festival Opera, Salt Marsh Opera); Beppe in Pagliacci (Dayton Opera, Festival Opera); Pang in Turandot (Dayton Opera); and Caius in Falstaff (Opera San Jose). He also has a robust history in modern and American Opera having performed as Parris in The Crucible (Opera Santa Barbara); Nika Magadoff in The Consul (Dayton Opera); Steve Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Santa Barbara, Union Avenue Opera, Fresno Grand Opera); and Little Bat in Susannah (Festival Opera, Pasadena Opera). He performed in the U.S. Premiere of Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever with Long Beach Opera as one of the two Tritones, and his performance of Toby in Sweeney Todd with Fresno Grand Opera was hailed as having taken the audience to “emotional places that I don’t think a non-opera-singer could match.” (Fresno Bee)