Bass-baritone Robert McAllister achieved a joint honours degree in Business and Law at UCD before he started pursuing his operatic dreams. He studies with Dr Veronica Dunne and répetiteurs Dearbhla Collins and Alison Young at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is a member of the INO Opera Studio for the 2018/2019 season and made his company debut as Luther in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann in September 2018. His operatic roles at the RIAM include Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Bottom in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Pluto in Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate. In 2017, he performed the role of the High King of Tír na nÓg in a concert performance of Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne with Opera Theatre Company, a recording of which has just been released on the RTÉ lyric fm label.
He is an experienced oratorio performer and has performed Handel’s Messiah, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Liszt’s Coronation Mass, Mozart’s Spatzenmesse, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noël, Schubert’s Mass in C, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Duruflé’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. He has performed with the RTÉ NSO and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and earlier this year travelled to Halle, Germany to perform Messiah with the Staatskapelle Halle.
He has won many competitive awards and in 2017 was chosen as one of GoldenPlec’s Ones to Watch. He has participated in masterclasses and coaching sessions with Brenda Hurley, Ann Murray, Iain Burnside, Iris dell’Acqua, Roy Laughlin and Anna Devin.