Victor Ryan Robertson returns to Charlotte to play a role he knows well. He was Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville in 2009.

Q. You’ve played this role with Opera Carolina before. Is there still a challenge in it?

A. Always. My challenge is to make the count human. I mean, I don’t know a count. I don’t know anyone who knows a count. I have to try to find the character’s humanity.

The role is vocally very demanding. Not everyone can sing coloratura (lots of high notes sung very fast), and not everyone can sing Rossini. It’s sort of like hot yoga. It’s not for everyone.

So, now that I’ve played the part, I know what to expect. I can relax a bit and focus on who he is.

Q. Do you get to be funny? And is that fun for you?

A. The count’s job is not to be funny. I can’t top the other characters, who really are funny.

Q. Do you prefer comic or dramatic roles?

A. The older I get, the harder I find comedy.

Q. You got to play a very dramatic role when Baz Luhrmann directed you (as Rodolfo) in La Boheme. How was Baz?

A. Crazy. Perpetual energy. He can easily spot and nurture talent without claiming credit for recognizing it. That’s his genius. When you’re working with him, you start to feel like “Wow, I’m really amazing.” But it’s not so much you; it’s that Baz has nudged you without you ever noticing you’ve been nudged.

Q. What’s your favorite opera of all time?

A. La Boheme, without a doubt. It’s perfect. There is nothing you can cut. Every note is exactly right. Puccini doesn’t repeat anything. It’s just a flawless piece.

Q. You don’t have to answer this frivolous question, but I’m asking for fun … and because The Barber of Seville is so over-the-top that it lent itself to being spoofed in a cartoon. But do you have a favorite cartoon character? In fact, do you have five favorites?

A. Yes! All five superheroes in Teen Titans, a show on the Cartoon Network. [Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy.] It’s literally as great for adults as it is for kids. They walk that tightrope perfectly. I’d put it right up there with The Simpsons and Southpark.

Q. What’s your dream role?

A. Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act.

Q. Seriously?

A. Yes, I was actually a finalist for the role with the touring company. I’m hoping the opportunity will come up again.

Q. Where’s home?

A. Atlanta.

Q. How often are you on the road?

A. Seven to 10 months a year.

Q. What do you do for fun?

A. Play tennis. I went to college on a full tennis scholarship. I live in Atlanta because it’s the No. 1 tennis city in America. I’m still working on my temper when I miss my forehand shots. It’s challenging to find good tennis players when you’re on the road. Last time I was in Charlotte, I went to Freedom Park and tried to find a pick-up game there.

Q. Wow. Tennis and opera. Who knew?

A. Well, both are sort of solitary practices. I mean, they’re not team sports.

Q. Anything else readers ought to know about you?

A. Yes, please let everyone know I’m looking for tennis games when I’m in town in October. I’d love to play someone who’s 5.5 or better.