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Biography

Robert Lloyd was born in Essex and educated at Oxford University. He began life as an academic historian, turning to a singing career at the age of 28.

In 1972 he was appointed Principal Bass at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he performed an enormous range of repertoire. At the same time, he has developed a freelance operatic and concert career which has brought him to work with all the major Opera Houses and Orchestras throughout the world.

He was the first British bass to sing the title role in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the late Andrei Tarkovsky's production in 1983. History was made in 1990 when the same production went to the Kirov Opera in Leningrad with Robert Lloyd as Boris (televised internationally), and in 1991 he sang in the revival of this production under Claudio Abbado at the Vienna State Opera. He has also sung the role in Amsterdam and Florence.

Robert Lloyd has appeared at La Scala, Milan (Der Fliegende Holländer and Parsifal under Muti and The Rake’s Progress); the San Francisco Opera (Don Carlos and L'Incoronazione di Poppea); the Chicago Lyric Opera (Simon Boccanegra under Gatti); the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin (Pelléas et Mélisande); the Deutsche Oper, Berlin (Tristan und Isolde); the Opera National de Paris Bastille (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Don Giovanni and La Juive); the Netherlands Opera (Pelléas et Mélisande, Tristan und Isolde, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Parsifal under Simon Rattle and Don Carlos under Chailly); and the Salzburg Festival (Pelléas et Mélisande and Les Troyens under Cambreling, Le Nozze di Figaro under Mackerras, Die Zauberflöte under von Dohnanyi, Don Giovanni under Gerghiev and Don Carlo under Pappano).
His many appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York include Rigoletto, Parsifal, Die Zauberflöte, Aida, Faust, Romeo et Juliette, Simon Boccanegra, Les Troyens, Turandot, Otello, Fidelio, Pelléas et Mélisande and Benvenuto Cellini.
His appearances at Covent Garden have included La Fanciulla del West, Simon Boccanegra, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Romeo et Juliette, Samson et Dalila, Turandot, Hamlet, Otello, Pelléas et Mélisande, Don Carlos, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, Aida, Les Troyens, Nabucco, Nightwatchman Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Titurel Parsifal; and for English National Opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea , Die Zauberflöte and The Mikado.

He has appeared in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra under von Dohnanyi, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Jansons, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Haitink, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in L’enfance du Christ under Fruhbeck de Burgos and in Fidelio under James Levine. With the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis he performed and recorded Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Robert Lloyd has featured in several highly successful television productions and was the subject of, and presented, a BBC programme on the bass voice entitled Six Foot Cinderella. He appeared in a television performance of Duke Bluebeard's Castle on BBC2, which received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Television. He has also written and presented a number of radio programmes on opera and the voice for the BBC. He has a vast discography of over seventy audio and video recordings.

In the 1991 New Year's Honours List Robert Lloyd was created a Commander of the British Empire.