Press

Pedrillo: Abduction from the Seraglio (Dayton Opera)

"Robert Norman's Pedrillo was feisty and funny..." - Joe Law, Opera News

 

SellemThe Rake's Progress (Pacific Opera Project)

"Robert Norman's antic Sellem... added fine character touches." - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"Of course, the business venture fails, and now it’s time for him to sell all his assets in an auction presided over by Robert Norman in a short but very funny performance." - Humberto Capiro, Living Out Loud, LA

"The raucous auction scene that follows, where Tom’s possessions (including his wife) are sold off, is worth the price of admission alone." - David Maurer, Culture Spot LA

 

Pedrillo: Abduction from the Seraglio (Festival Opera)

"Tenor Robert Norman... a veteran of this production, made an amusingly poker-faced Spock, and brought nimble vocal clarity to the part." - Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

"Pedrillo, sung by the clear-toned character tenor Robert Norman, proved admirably logical..." - Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Stark Insider

"Robert Norman exuded nerdy charm as the logical Mr. Pedrillo..." - Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News

 

Tobias Ragg: Sweeney Todd (Townsend Opera / Fresno Grand Opera)

"Other principals in this production offer a similar heightened sense of character... Robert Norman as the young boy Tobias, a beacon of innocence in the gritty, cutthroat 19th century London of the play... Norman’s soaring 'Not While I’m Around' take us emotional places that I don’t think a non-opera-singer could match." - Donald Munro, The Fresno Bee

 

Little Bat: Susannah (Pasadena Opera)

"Robert Norman provide[s] depth and texture in [his] supporting role." - Hoyt Hilsman, Huffington Post

 

Pedrillo: Abduction from the Seraglio (Pacific Opera Project)

"Robert Norman as Spock / Pedrillo has just the perfect deadpan to be Spock, and yet the slyness and humor of Nimoy's character that always battles with his human side." - Charles Karel Bouley, Huffington Post

"His voice is sublime, and he delivers perhaps the best aria in the show..." - Georja Umano, LA Splash Magazine

"As the half-Vulcan & half-human Mr. Pedrillo, tenor Robert Norman brought humor and vocal talent to his interpretation of the intellectual, cold fish character made famous by the late Leonard Nimoy as the original Mr. Spock... his performance was one of the highlights of the evening." - Humberto Capiro, Living Out Loud - LA

 

Goro: Madama Butterfly (Opera San Jose)

"The strong supporting singers included tenor Robert Norman as the oily marriage broker Goro; his singing flowed, easy to enjoy." - Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

"As Goro, the marriage arranger - perhaps the most widely interpreted role in the opera - tenor Robert Norman opts for persnickety hyper-anxiousness that probably best reflects reality." - Michael J. Vaughn, Operaville

 

Caius: Falstaff (Opera San Jose)

"Meaty-voiced tenor Robert Norman sang the role of Dr. Caius, loser in love." - Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

 

Beadle Bamford: Sweeney Todd (Pacific Opera Project)

"... Robert Norman drips unctuous hypocrisy as the Beadle." - Kurt Gardner, Blogcritics

"Robert Norman postures in all the right places as the Beadle." - RD Foster, The Examiner

 

Remendado: Carmen (Pacific Opera Project)

"...Norman's comedic skills have grown a great deal, with impeccable timing to match an equally admirable tenor..." - Lauri D. Goldenhersh, Lauri's List