Robert McPherson, Tenor
1997 – 1999
ROBERT MCPHERSON’S engagements in the 2011-12 season include his first performances of the Duca in Rigoletto with Utah Opera, Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring in his debut with Los Angeles Opera, and Narciso in Il turco in Italia with Tacoma Opera. He also returns to the roles of Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims with Vlaamse Opera and Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Opera de Vichy in addition to singing a concert of opera favorites with the Williamsburg Symphony. Last season, he sang his first performance of Idreno in Semiramide with Vlaamse Opera and in subsequent performances at the Edinburgh Festval, and Tonio (La fille du regiment) in a return to New Israeli Opera. For Florentine Opera, he performed the role of Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore) for Caramoor Festival, and was added to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Wozzeck.
During the 2009 – 2010 season, Mr. McPherson returned to New Israeli Opera for his first performances of Leopoldo in La Juive and sang his first performance of Nadir (Les pêcheurs de perles) with Cleveland Opera, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera roster for the company’s production of The Barber or Seville.
Most recently, Mr. McPherson appeared as Arnold (Guillaume Tell) at the Polish National Opera for which he received critical acclaim. In spring of 2009, Mr. McPherson sang the role of Ernesto (Don Pasquale) for Utah Opera.
Mr. McPherson received rave reviews for his debut with San Francisco Opera as The Italian Singer in their June 2007 production of Der Rosenkavalier. Other recent performances include the role of Belfiore in Il Viaggio a Reims for his debut with the Stadtheater Bern, Switzerland, as well as Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri) with both the Opera de Toulon, France, and also with the Washington National Opera. Earlier in the season, Mr. McPherson made his New York City Opera debut as Rodrigo in La Donna del Lago. He also appeared as Iago in Rossini’s Otello with the Opera Orchestra of New York in his debut at Carnegie Hall.
Highlights during the 2004 – 2005 season included the role of Eric in the world premiere of Nosferatu with the Rimrock Opera Company, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) with the Sacramento Opera and a debut performance with the Washington National Opera as Prince Ramiro in their production of La Cenerentola. Additionally, he appeared with San Antonio Opera for performances of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, a role with which he has a close association and has performed with several companies. European performances included his debut in Madrid at the Teatro Real’s production of Elena e Constantino by Charnicer and concert performances of Rodrigo in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Fundacao de São Carlos in Lisbon. Most recently, Mr. McPherson cut his first commercial classical recording under the Albany Records label entitled Nosferatu.
In March of 2003, he performed the role of Rodrigo in La Donna del Lago in Avignon, which also marked the occasion of his European debut. Other recent notable engagements included performances of Count Libenskopf in Il Viaggio a Reims in Genoa, Messiah with Seattle Symphony and Rodrigo in La Donna del Lago in Genoa. Additionally, he made his debut with the Dallas Opera in 2001 as Arturo Bucklaw (Lucia di Lammermoor), debuted as Ernesto (Don Pasquale) with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, sang Tonio (La Fille du Régiment) with the Spokane Opera, and performed Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera Illinois. In the summer of 2001, he debuted with the Mostly Mozart Festival in performances of Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri under Gerard Schwartz. In the spring of 2001, he had the honor of inaugurating a new opera company, New York’s Henry Street Opera Company, singing the role of Scipione in Mozart’s rarely performed Il Sogno di Scipione.
Other roles performed include Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), Don Narciso (Il Turco in Italia), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Sam (Susannah), Curley (Of Mice and Men), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Il Duca (Rigoletto).
Equally adept in concert repertoire, Mr. McPherson made his professional debut with the Seattle Symphony at the age of twenty-three, and has since performed the Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and the Shepherd in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. He has performed with the Mexico City Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, American Sinfonietta, Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo, New West Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Carmel Bach Music Festival in such works as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, and Haydn’s Creation.
A world finalist in the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, he was also a winner in the 1998 Ellen Faull Gordon Vocal Competition and the 1997 Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Northwest Regional Auditions. Mr. McPherson is a native of Seattle, Washington, where he continues his vocal studies with Mr. William Eddy.