2017–18 Season: Hunding and Fafner in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Bass Raymond Aceto made his debut with San Francisco Opera in 1997 as Monterone in Rigoletto, and he has 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, among other roles. Last season saw Aceto return to New Orleans Opera as Méphistophélès in Faust. Other recent performances include Scarpia in Tosca with the Dallas Opera, 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 the 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. During the 2017–18 season, Aceto performs in a European tour with the Cleveland Orchestra as Harastha in The Cunning Little Vixen, the Verdi Requiem with the Oregon Symphony, and as Hunding and Fafner in San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle.