Robert Orth

American baritone Robert Orth returns to San Francisco Opera in a role he created at the Dallas Opera in 2010. He made his San Francisco Opera debut as Sixtus Beckmesser in 1993’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a role that he returned to perform in 2001. Other company appearances include the title role of Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk, a role that he created at Houston Grand Opera, and Owen Hart in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Hailed by Opera News as a “fixture of contemporary opera,” Orth has been involved in several new works, including John Buchanan Jr. (Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke), Count Almaviva (Rosina), Fantomas (Silverman’s Hotel for Criminals), the Lodger (Argento’s The Aspern Papers), the Lecturer (Argento’s A Waterbird Talk), the Father (Weissgall’s Six Characters in Search of an Author), Frank Lloyd Wright (Hagen’s Shining Brow), Mr. Parkis (Heggie’s The End of the Affair), Uncle John (Gordon and Korie’s The Grapes of Wrath), Captain Compson (Carlson’s Midnight Angel), Mr. Godby (Previn’s Brief Encounter), Lyndon Johnson (Stucky’s August 4, 1964), and, most recently, Mayor Fazzobaldi (Musto and Campbell’s The Inspector). Orth has often appeared as Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Giorgio Germont (La Traviata), and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Kromow (The Merry Widow) and his European debut as Pangloss/Voltaire (Candide) in Rome. He was named “Artist of the Year” by both New York City Opera and Seattle Opera; New York City Opera also gave him the “Christopher Keene Award” for new and unusual repertoire. Orth has also appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C.