A highly experienced tour leader and singer, he is a veteran of over 5,200 performances in over 120 operas.
Dr Robert Mitchell’s background is in performance, musicology and education. Between 1973 and 2017 he sang over 5,200 performances with Opera Australia in 120 operas. Beyond opera, his interests include all genres of art music, especially French mélodie, music theatre and related visual arts.
Robert holds a PhD from the University of Sydney (focussing on Offenbach), a Master of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and a Diploma of Music Education. He taught in NSW high schools before joining the Opera Australia chorus. He also performed and understudied many principal roles and was soloist with several local symphony orchestras.
For 10 years Robert was State then National President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and taught at both Western Sydney and Macquarie Universities. He is also a popular lecturer for music interest groups and has written program notes for OA and several Australian symphony orchestras. Robert’s operatic knowledge is wide-ranging and as a practitioner he has gained great insights into the craft and art of music- and theatre-making. He currently sings with the Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Choir and is Chairman of the OA Benevolent Fund.
Robert first led a tour to Hamburg for Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 2010 and has since led tours to Riga, St Petersburg, Berlin, Tallinn, Copenhagen, Brisbane and Sydney for an eclectic mix of opera, ballet and orchestral concerts. His personal cultural travels have taken him to London, several other European capitals, New York and other US cities.