2017–18 Season: Hunding and Fafner in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Bass Raymond Aceto debuted with San Francisco Opera in 1997 as Monterone in Rigoletto, and he has since returned as Timur in Turandot, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Ramfis in Aida, Hunding in Die Walküre, Reverend Olin Blitch in Susannah, Banquo in Macbeth, and the King of Egypt in Aida. During the 2017–18 season, Aceto performed in a European tour with the Cleveland Orchestra as Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen, sang as Zaccaria in Nabucco in Shanghai, and was a soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Oregon Symphony. Other recent performances include Banquo in Macbeth and the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Royal Opera, Covent Garden on tour of Japan; Méphistophélès in Faust at New Orleans Opera; Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; the Mozart Requiem with the Rochester Philharmonic; and a concert version of Der Fliegende Holländer with the St. Louis Symphony. Next season, Aceto performs Méphistophélès at Washington National Opera, and he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances of Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Carmen.