Monte Pederson was born in 1958 in Sunnyside, Washington, and started his career at the San Francisco Opera, appearing as Donner in Das Rheingold, Orest in Elektra and as Wagner's Dutchman. He made his European début in 1988 at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin with Orest, followed by Klingsor in Vienna, at La Scala, Milan, and in Houston. He appeared as Max in Der Freischütz, Escamillo, Pizarro in Fidelio, Orest, Jochanaan, and Amfortas in Vienna. He made his Salzburg Festival début as Shishkov in Janácek's From the House of the Dead, continuing with Rangoni in Boris Godunov and Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress. At La Scala, Milan, he sang Wotan in Das Rheingold and the Wanderer in Siegfried, in Naples Jochanaan and in Hamburg the title-rôle of Der fliegende Holländer. He died in Germany in 2001, after a long illness.