2016–17 Season: Ramfis in Aida and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly
2017–18 Season: Timur in Turandot
Bass Raymond Aceto made his debut with San Francisco Opera in 1997 as Monterone in Rigoletto and has returned as Banquo in Macbeth, the King of Egypt in Aida, Hunding in Die Walküre, Timur in Turandot, and Reverend Olin Blitch in Susannah, among other roles. He has also appeared frequently with the Metropolitan Opera, most recently as Zaccaria in Nabucco, the King of Egypt, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Last season saw Aceto return to the Dallas Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, followed by his Opera Australia debut as Walter in Luisa Miller, Hunding at Washington National Opera, performances of Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony, and the roles of Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette and Ashby in La Fanciulla del West at Santa Fe Opera. Aceto is also in demand as a concert artist, including recent appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Verdi Requiem, and with the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Also during the 2016–17 season, he appears as Méphistophélès in New Orleans Opera’s production of Faust.