Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust voice, agility and confidence,” Robert McPherson makes his role and house debut with Welsh National Opera as Lord Percy in Anna Bolena in the 2013-14 season. He also returns to Vlaamse Opera as Jago in Rossini’s Otello and to the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Naples. Last season, he made his English National Opera and role debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and returned to both New Israeli Opera for his first performances of Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw and Utah Opera for Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia in addition to singing Andres in Wozzeck with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
Hailed for his distinctive artistry and virtuosic technique within the bel canto literature, Mr. McPherson’s performances include Arnold in Guillaume Tell with Polish National Opera; Ramiro in La cenerentola and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with Washington National Opera; Rodrigo in La donna del lago with New York City Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Opéra-Théâtre d’Avignon, La Coruña Mozart Festival, and Opera Orchestra of New York; Idreno in Semiramide with Vlaamse Opera (recorded on the Dynamic label) and on tour at the Edinburgh Festival; Arbace in Ciro in Babilonia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (DVD released on Opus Arte), further performances of Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with Opéra de Toulon and Florentine Opera; Tonio in La fille du regiment with New Israeli Opera; Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra de Vichy, Caramoor International Music Festival, and Pacific Opera Victoria; Jago in Rossini’s Otello with Opera Orchestra of New York; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Utah Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera San Jose; and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Santa Barbara and Greensboro Opera. He has sung both demanding tenor roles in Il viaggio a Reims, joining New Israeli Opera, Vlaamse Opera, and Stadttheater Bern for Belfiore and Teatro Carlo Felice for Count Liebenskof. In his home state of Washington, he has sung Narciso in Il turco in Italia with Tacoma Opera and Elvino in La sonnambula. He previously joined the Metropolitan Opera roster for its productions of I puritani, Wozzeck and Il barbiere di Siviglia.
His performances of the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavlier with San Francisco Opera prompted the San Francisco Chronicle to exclaim that he “brought the first act to a stunned stop with his strikingly beautiful account of the Italian Tenor’s aria.” He returned to New Israeli Opera for Leopold in La Juive, a role he has also sung at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg and Utah Opera for his first performances of the Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto. He joined joined Teatro Real for Constantino in Carnicer’s Elena e Constantino (recorded on the Dynamic label), Cleveland Opera for Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Opera San Jose for Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Caramoor Festival for Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, Spoleto Festival U.S.A. for Hob in the ballad opera, Flora, Los Angeles Opera for Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring, and Gotham Chamber Opera for Scipione in Il sogno di Scipione. In the realm of contemporary opera, he has sung Eric in Alva Henderson’s Nosferatu with Opera Idaho and Rimrock Opera (Albany records release).
On the concert stage, he has joined the Seattle Symphony for numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Bach’s Magnificat, and the Shepherd in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. He has also sung Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony, Haydn’s Creation with Tacoma Master Chorale, Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with Orchestra Seattle, Verdi’s Requiem with Yakima Symphony, Orff’s Carmina burana with the Bremerton Symphony, Handel’s L’allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and further performances of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Mexico City Philharmonic. He made his national television debut on PBS as the angel Gabriel in Andrew T. Miller’s sacred cantata The Birth Of Christ, recorded in Dublin, Ireland and released by Sony BMG Masterworks, and reprised that role in Rome at the special invitation of the Vatican. Also an avid baseball fan, he has sung the National Anthem for his hometown team, the Seattle Mariners, on numerous occasions.
Bio from Robert McPherson’s Facebook.