Stephen Gaertner

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Stephen Gaertner, baritone


American baritone Stephen Gaertner made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. 


His other roles at the Met have included Melot in Tristan und Isolde, Paolo in Simon Boccanegra (opposite Plácido Domingo in the title role), and Chorèbe in Les Troyens, in addition to covers of several major Verdi baritone roles: Carlo in Ernani, Di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Germont in La Traviata; he also covered the role of Rigolettowith Los Angeles Opera.   

He made his European debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium as Escamillo in Carmen. 


Recent career highlights have included appearances as Macbeth with the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.


Then at  the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim in Germany, Amonasro in Aidawith the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Rigoletto with Opera Grand Rapids, Germontin La Traviata with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Iago in Otello with Teatro de la Ópera in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Mr. Gaertner has also been a frequent performer of opera in concert. He appeared with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as Cristiano in Zandonai’s I Cavalieri di Ekebùand as Cascart in Leoncavallo’s Zazà (the latter under the baton of the late Alfredo Silipigni).   

He has also made several appearances with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall: as Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, Abayaldos in Donizetti’s Dom Sébastien, and Frank in Puccini’s Edgar, all under the baton of founder and music director emeritus Eve Queler. 


He has also sung the title role of Macbeth in concert with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz in Germany and Carlo in La Forza del Destino in concert with New Amsterdam Opera in New York City. 


He made a stunning U.K. debut in 2015 at London’s Barbican Hall as Cascart in Zazà in concert with Opera Rara and Maurizio Benini conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, garnering high praise from the exigent London press; a subsequent studio recording of the opera was released on CD the following year to equally enthusiastic reviews.


He recently sung Riccardo Forth in I puritani at Teatro Verdi of Trieste, Nabucco in March 2019 at Sarasota Opera House, among other main roles.  

Mr. Gaertner has performed extensively across North America in such diverse roles as Riccardo in I Puritani, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont in La Traviata, Escamillo in Carmen, Iago in Otello, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Silvio in Pagliacci, Marcello in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Lanceotto in Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini, and Balstrode in Peter Grimes. His other concert appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem at Catholic University in Washington, DC and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. 


Stephen has also been the recipient of awards from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Opera Index Inc. and the Oratorio Society of New York.

                                                                                                         May 2020 *

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