STEPHEN GAERTNER - Baritone
Since his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in October 2007, American baritone Stephen Gaertner has emerged as an artist to watch in the operatic world. His other roles at the Met have included Melot in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Paolo in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Montano in Verdi’s Otello and Chorèbe in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. He made his European debut in December 2010 with Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen. Recent career highlights have included the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth in July 2013 with the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Savonlinna, Finland, and Lanceotto in Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini and the title role of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in June 2012 with the Princeton Festival in Princeton, New Jersey. In July 2015 he will reprise the role of Macbeth for the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim in Heidenheim, Germany. The 2015- 2016 season marks his tenth consecutive season on the roster of the Met.
Mr. Gaertner has also been a frequent performer of opera in concert, having made his professional debut in 2000 with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as Cristiano in Zandonai’s I Cavalieri di Ekebù; he appeared again with Teatro Grattacielo in 2005 as Cascart in Leoncavallo’s Zazà under the baton of the late Alfredo Silipigni. He also made several appearances with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall…as Sonora in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West (2004), as Abayaldos in Donizetti’s Dom Sébastien (2006) and as Frank in Puccini’s Edgar (2008), all under the baton of founder and music director emeritus Eve Queler.
Mr. Gaertner has performed extensively across North America in such diverse roles as Riccardo in I Puritani, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Amonasro in Aida, Escamillo in Carmen, Iago in Otello, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Silvio in Pagliacci, Marcello in La Bohème and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. His other concert appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem at Catholic University in Washington, DC (2005) and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble (2010). He has also been the recipient of awards from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Opera Index Inc. and the Oratorio Society of New York.