Robert McPherson

(Eric) tenor committed to the bel canto repertoire, this young tenor in rapidly earning international recognition.  He made his international debut in Avignon, France as Rodrigo in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, a role he reprised in Genoa, Italy and La Coruña, Spain. Genoa also marked his Italian debut as Count Libenskof in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims. Earlier this season made his debuts with Washington National Opera as Don Ramiro in Cenerentola, Sacramento Opera as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, and Intermountain Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Next season he will debut in Madrid, Spain as Constantino in Ramón Carnicer’s Elena e Constantino.

Mr. McPherson’s versatility and range have led to success in a variety of roles, including Ferrando in Così fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri, Don Narciso in Il Turco in Italia. Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Sam in Susannah, Curley in Of Mice and Men, and Il Duca in Rigoletto.  He has appeared with Dallas Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Santa Barbara, Pacific Opera Victoria, Greensboro Opera, Opera Memphis, and was a resident artist at Opera San José. He had the honor of inaugurating a new opera company, New York’s Henry Street Opera Company (now Gotham City Opera), singing the eponymous role in Mozart’s rarely performed Il Sogno di Scipione. Of this performance, the New York Times noted that “Robert McPherson gamely dispatched Mozart’s da capo arias, replete with elaborate Handelian passagework and high C’s galore. Mr. McPherson sang with considerable power and energy.”

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.


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