One of today’s most sought-after tenors, Carlo Ventre made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2001 singing Alfredo Germont (La Traviata) and returned that season as Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra). He recently appeared with the Company as Cavaradossi in 2009's Tosca. The tenor made his professional debut in 1994.at Milan’s La Scala as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Recent engagements include Arrigo (I Vespri Siciliani) in his 2007 Tokyo debut in a touring production from Palermo’s Teatro Massimo; Pollione (Norma) at the Arena in Macerata; the title role of Andrea Chénier at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu; Cavaradossi at Frankfurt Opera, Hamburg State Opera and the Arena di Verona; Luigi (Il Tabarro) in Hamburg; Gabriele Adorno at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Radames (Aida) in Berlin, San Diego, Verona, and Leipzig; Don José (Carmen) in Lausanne; Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera) at Frankfurt Opera. Ventre’s other career highlights include Rodolfo (La Bohème) with Welsh National Opera and in Trieste, Genoa, and Cologne; the Duke of Mantua in Rome and Zurich; Ismaele (Nabucco) at La Scala and in Seville; Alfredo Germont in Cologne and Rome; Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Washington National Opera and in Trieste, Frankfurt, and Rome; Calaf (Turandot) in Rome; and Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana) at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Born in Uruguay, Ventre won the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and the Gino Bechi Prize from the 1990 Francisco Viñas Competition. Recent and upcoming engagements include Radames in Leipzig, Munich, and the Arena di Verona; Cavaradossi in Tokyo; and L’Oracolo, Le Villi, and Don Carlo in Frankfurt.