2018-19 Season: Canio in Pagliacci
Italian tenor Marco Berti made his San Francisco Opera debut as Don José (Carmen) in 2006, a role he has also performed at the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and in Verona, Turin, Cagliari, and Copenhagen. His most recent San Francisco Opera appearances were in the title role of Il Trovatore in 2009, Calaf (Turandot) in 2011, and Pollione (Norma) in 2014. Berti launched his international career at Milan’s La Scala, where he made his debut as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and subsequently appeared there in productions of Beatrice di Tenda, La Bohème, La Rondine, and Macbeth, among others. Sought internationally for his interpretations of the dramatic Italian repertory, Berti has performed Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and in Paris, Naples, and Florence. Other career highlights include Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) and Radames (Aida) at Houston Grand Opera and in Verona and Florence; Radames at the Arena di Verona as well as in Tokyo and Florence; the title role of Don Carlos in Athens; Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera) in Bari, Vienna, Trieste, and at the Bregenz Festival; Manrico in Barcelona; Calaf at La Scala and in Parma, Barcelona, and Valencia; Luigi (Il Tabarro) with Paris Opera; Dick Johnson (La Fanciulla del West) in Seville; and Cavaradossi (Tosca) at La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florence’s Maggio Musicale Festival, and Madrid’s Teatro Real. Berti was the recipient of the 2005 Giuseppe Verdi Gold Medal. His first solo album, Rare Verismo, released in 2007, is a compilation of arias by Leoncavallo, Catalani, Franchetti, and Zandonai. Engagements in the current season include Calaf at Opera Shanghai and Radames at Hamburg State Opera .