Robert Lloyd


Robert Lloyd was born in Essex and educated at Oxford University.  In 1972 he was appointed Principal Bass at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he has since sung an enormous range of repertoire.

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 Andre 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.

He has also appeared with the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera, New York; La Scala, Milan; the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; the Opera National de Paris Bastille; the Netherlands Opera; the Salzburg Festival; the San Francisco Opera; and the Chicago Lyric Opera.  His repertoire includes Don Carlos, Parsifal, Die Zauberflöte, Aida, Faust, Romeo et Juliette, Simon Boccanegra, Les Troyens, Turandot, Otello, Fidelio, Pelléas et Mélisande and Benvenuto Cellini, La Fanciulla del West, Don Giovanni, Samson et Dalila, Hamlet and Rigoletto.

Robert Lloyd has featured in several highly successful television productions.  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 he was created a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

...and Robert Lloyd (Titurel) dominate their scenes. Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 2nd December 2013

Don Chichotte

Chelsea Opera Group

Lloyd has enjoyed a long and distinguished career that has encompassed virtually every bass role worth singing...His portrayal of the preposterous yet admirable courtly knight was superbly thought through, vividly capturing his grandeur and despair.
George Hall, The Guardian, 26th November 2012


Les troyens

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

...the singing, over all, is strong, especially that of...the eminent bass Robert Lloyd as the wizened Priam.
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 26th June 2012



Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

And the veteran Robert Lloyd, as the Egyptian king, demonstrates that he is still an artist to be treasured. 
George Loomis, The New York Times, 5th May 2010


The Magic Flute

English National Opera

Best is Robert Lloyd’s Sarastro, who unleashes an awesome, inspiring voice. 

Keiron Quirke, The Evening Standard, 26 January 2009

Opening Night Gala

The Metropolitan Opera

Robert Lloyd exuded savoir-faire.
Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, September 23, 2008
And, in the role of the Count des Grieux, we had luxury casting: the veteran British bass Robert Lloyd, who sounded glowing, as he always has.
Jay Nordlinger, New York Sun, September 24, 2008