2017–18 Season: Alfredo Germont in La Traviata
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata, Atalla Ayan has quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after tenors of his generation. A member of the Stuttgart Opera since 2012, Ayan has been equally well received at major international houses, including the Metropolitan Opera (in the roles of Alfredo and Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac); Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Alfredo, Ruggero in La Rondine, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni); Teatro alla Scala (Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore); the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Nemorino); and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Rodolfo in La Bohème). Recent engagements include Alfredo at the Glyndebourne Festival, Rodolfo at the Cologne Opera, and the title role of Faust at Stuttgart Opera. Later this season, Ayan makes his debut at Paris’ Opéra Bastille as Rodolfo and his role debut as Des Grieux in Manon at the Cologne Opera. He also returns to Stuttgart as Faust and to Covent Garden as Rodolfo.