Robert D. Brandt graduated from Brigham Young University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and pedagogy and in 2004 with a master's degree in music. While a student at BYU, Brandt was hired as an apprentice artist at the Des Moines Opera Theatre.
Brandt received a PhD in vocal performance and literature from Indiana University. While completing his degree, he taught at the university as a vocal instructor. He then taught voice at the University of Delaware for seven years before returning to BYU in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Music. He specializes in the Art Song repertoire, and has had many lead operatic roles, including Figaro in Le nozze di Fagaro and Marcello in La Boheme.
In 2015, he played the role of Father in the BYU produced Opera Hansel and Gretel, and Comt des Grieux in the opera Manon.