Robert Lloyd was born in Essex and educated at Oxford University.
He was appointed Principal Bass at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1972 and has since sung an enormous range of repertoire with the company.
Robert’s appearances also include the Vienna State Opera (Boris Godunov, Lohengrin), La Scala, Milan (Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal), San Francisco Opera (Don Carlo), Netherlands Opera (Don Carlos, Boris Godunov, Tristan und Isolde, L’incoronazione di Poppea), Salzburg Festival (Pelléas et Mélisande, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Les Troyens) and the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Rigoletto, Parsifal, Die Zauberflöte, Aida, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Simon Boccanegra, Les Troyens, Turandot, Otello, Fidelio, Pelléas, Benvenuto Cellini).
He was the first British bass to sing the title role in Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the ROH, in the late Andre Tarkovsky’s production in 1983.
History was made in 1990 when the same production went to the Kirov Opera, Leningrad, with Robert Lloyd as Boris (televised internationally).
Other television broadcasts include Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (BBC2). He was appointed a CBE in 1991.
Last updated: 6th January 2016