American tenor Steven Cole made his 1980 San Francisco Opera debut as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and has returned to the main stage as the Scrivener (Khovanshchina), Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Goro (Madama Butterfly), the Simpleton (Boris Godunov), Sellem (The Rake’s Progress), and Nick (La Fanciulla del West). Recent career highlights include Goro and the Four Valets (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company; Flute at Houston Grand Opera; Triquet (Eugene Onegin) and Sportin’ Life (Porgy and Bess) with Cincinnati Opera; Ménélas (La Belle Hélène) with Nantes Opera; the Fool (Wozzeck) at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu (available on DVD from Arte Haus); and Monostatos in Paris, Nice, Naples, Genoa, and Treviso. He has also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as the Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) and at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Washington National Opera. In close association with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he can be heard on two of that company’s recorded productions: Die Zauberflöte and The Rake’s Progress (both on the Erato label). In addition, he can be seen as Roi de Boétie on a DVD recording of Orphée aux Enfers (EMI), performed in Lausanne and Lyon. Cole is also featured on a recording of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Sony) at the Salzburg Festival.