Robert Orth made his Seattle Opera debut as Danilo in Lehar’s Merry Widow in 1993 and returned to the company as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Dandini in Rossini’s Cenerentola, and Eisenstein in Johann Strauss Jr.’s Fledermaus. In Jake Heggie’s operas, he sang Owen Hart for the world premiere of Dead Man Walking at San Francisco Opera and Mr. Parkis for the premiere of The End Of The Affair at Houston Grand Opera. Other American opera roles for Orth include John Buchanan, Jr., in Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke for broadcast on public television, the Father in Hugo Weissgall’s Six Characters in Search of an Author and Babbitt Cross in the premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Lovers and Friends at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Count Almaviva in the premiere of Hiram Titus’ Rosina at Minnesota Opera, the Lodger in the revival of Dominic Argento’s Aspern Papers at the Kennedy Center, and Richard Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Orth created the title role in Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk and has sung Milk in Houston, New York, and San Francisco. His classical repertoire includes Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Germont in Verdi’s Traviata, and Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.