Hailed by Opera News as "a booming, well-crafted bass," Robert Ellsworth Feng is is a born collaborator who creates striking and powerful performances.
Robert is the recipient of the Seagle Festival Guild Scholarship, the George Woodhead Prize in Voice, the Peabody Career Development Award, the Special Prize in the Ise-Shima International Singing Competition; and placed second in the New York Classical Music Society International Voice Competition, third in the Lyra Mozart International Voice Competition, and third in the Opera for Earth Vocal Competition.
Performance highlights include Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden (Ben Weatherstaff), the soloist for Schumann's Dichterliebe, Madama Butterfly (Bonze/Prince Yamadori), and The Mikado (Ko-Ko) with Hawaii Opera Theatre, The Garden of Alice (Mad Hatter/Frog Footman/Card #7) with City Lyric Opera, Harmony (Rev.Joseph Twichell) with the Seagle Festival, Juana (Padre Antonio), Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Il Tempo), and Anna Bolena (Rochefort) with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Don Giovanni (Il Commendatore) with Opera on the Rocks, Les pêcheurs de perles (Nourabad) and Don Giovanni (Il Commendatore) with /Kor/ Productions, Madama Butterfly (Il Commissario Imperiale) with Opera West, Tobias Picker’s Emmeline (Pastor Avery), La traviata (Dottore Grenvil) and Les pêcheurs de perles (Nourabad) with Manhattan School of Music, Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro) and Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Manhattan Opera Studio, La favorite (Balthazar) with NY Opera Forum, Prince Igor (Khan Konchak) with Russian Opera Workshop, Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Berlin Opera Academy, and Massenet’s Chérubin (Le Philosophe) and Le nozze di Figaro (Antonio) with Peabody Conservatory.
Not limited to performing standard repertoire, Mr. Feng has created the roles of the afformentioned Rev.Joseph Twitchell in Robert Carl's ‘Harmony’ and the Interviewer/Body in Felix Jarrar's 'You do not recognize the bodies in the water'. Robert has also been involved with the Nathan Felix Collective (Ribas Dominicci - Nathan Felix), Christman Opera (To Love - Faye-Ellen Silverman), American Opera Projects (The Interaction Effect - Pamela Stein Lynde [cancelled due to Covid-19]), and the Smithsonian Museum (Qadar - Tony Small).
Robert received his Bachelor’s degree at Peabody Conservatory, his Master's degree at Manhattan School of Music, and is an alumni of Seagle Festival. Robert is currently a Young Artist at Hawaii Opera Theatre for their 2022-23 season. Later this season, Robert will perform with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi, the Pirate King in the outreach production of Pirates of Penzance; and will also perform the role of Bertram in Robert le Diable in concert at St.John's in the Village.