Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust voice, agility and confidence,” Robert McPherson recently returned to the Israeli Opera for his first performance of Narraboth in Salome. Last season he was with the Metropolitan Opera for Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and stepped in as Idreno for their production of Semiramide. Additionally, McPherson’s performance as Andres in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, culminated in the Houston Symphony’s 2018 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in the classical category. Other recent performances include Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with English National Opera and Israeli Opera and Leopold in La Juive with Opéra national du Rhin.
McPherson’s discography includes work as the Angel Gabriel and Shepard in Andrew T. Miller’s The Birth of Christ recorded on Sony BMG Masterworks, also shown on Public Broadcasting Service and reprised in Rome at the Vatican’s invitation; On Hampton Roads Music, McPherson sang the tenor solo in Berlioz’s Requiem with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which Gramophone said, “[he] sings the challenging tenor lines… with tender urgency.” His Rossini recordings and videos include Idreno in Semiramide, Iago in Otello, Gernando/Ubaldo in Armida on Dynamic, and Arbace in Ciro in Babilonia on Opus Arte.A Seattle native, McPherson’s self-written and produced comic show The Drunken Tenor debuted at special request of Seattle Opera BRAVO! and after multiple performances with the Seattle Fringe Festival, he won Best of Fringe. The Drunken Tenor has also appeared at Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot Festival, Café Nordo’s Knife Room and other popular venues throughout the Northwest.