Robert Latham is one of the hottest young up-and-coming singers in Melbourne. As well as being a member of Australia’s number one a capella group, Suade, he is well known as a music theatre and operatic performer with various companies including Victorian Opera.For many years he has played an integral role in Australia’s number-one male acappella group, Suade. The group has garnered many awards including championing the national competition and runners-up in the 2009 International Festival in Taiwan. Not only have Suade released three highly-acclaimed studio albums, they also tour extensively, specialising in Korea and Singapore, and a lot of regional areas across Australia. 2012 saw Suade pioneer a new technological sound with live-looping and effects.
He has been soloist and chorister for many cantatas, mass and oratorios in Melbourne and around Victoria, including a Music Theatre Guild nomination for his portrayal of Riff in West Side Story. Robert continues to appear regularly with the Victorian Opera chorus. He has featured in many studio recordings including Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, ExAudi Youth Choir, and a world premiere recording with Victorian Opera of Saint-Saëns Hélène & Nuit Persane.
He has been privileged to specialise in Edwardian and Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. Highlights include Casada (Merry Widow), the “Pirate King” of Penzance and Jack Point (Yeomen of the Guard). Point was resurrected in the international G&S festival, Buxton, UK 2011, where Robert also played Jack Meadows in Lionel Monckton’s Arcadians. Soon after, Robert took the heroic Paul/Geoffrey Challonner role in a revival of Monckton’s “A Country Girl” under the direction of renowned choreographer, Robert Ray. Recently in 2015 he starred as the lead Prince Danilo in Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” to critical acclaim.
Robert has also freelanced on many side projects including rock cover bands, voice-over work, new music radio program hosting, and in 2014 was guest conductor for Melbourne’s famous choir “Men In Suits”.
Through mid-2014, he was Head of Voice at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Melbourne. He now tutors singing at St Bernard’s College Essendon, and is the Head of Voice at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.
He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in 2007 on a full Robert Salzer Foundation scholarship for singers with operatic potential. In 2015, Robert is completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (Middle Years Teaching) at La Trobe University.
Download Curriculum Vitae here (PDF):
Robert Latham CV
“Robert Latham was everything one could want from a Danilo. His voice was clear and strong, he looked good, and his expressive face conveyed every emotion of the confused former lover.” Review: The Merry Widow. Graham Ford, Stage Whispers magazine 2015
“The lead character is Jack Point usually played by a character baritone. Robert Latham was more than that, having a well-trained light baritone which he used very well. He also portrayed all the comedy and pathos one would want in the role.” Review: Yeomen of the Guard. Stage Whispers magazine 2011
“a fine and sensitive baritone performance” ANU Professor William R Hawkey, MBE (Review of carols choral recording, 2007)