Since his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in
October 2007, American baritone Stephen Gaertner has emerged as an artist to watch
in the operatic world.
His other roles at the Met have included Melot in Tristan und Isolde, Paolo Albiani
in Simon Boccanegra, Iago in Otello and Chorèbe in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. He made
his European debut in December 2010 with Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège as Escamillo
in Carmen. Recent career highlights have included the title role of Macbeth with
the 2013 Savonlinna Opera Festival in Savonlinna, and also Lanceotto in Rachmaninoff’s Francesca
da Rimini and the title role of Gianni Schicchi in with the 2012 Princeton Festival
in Princeton, New Jersey. He reprises the role of Macbeth for the 2015 Opernfestspiele
Heidenheim in Heidenheim, Germany. The 2015-2016 season marks his tenth consecutive
season on the roster of the Met.
In 2016 he performed: Simon Boccanegra at Metropolitan; Peter Grimes at Princeton
Festival; Aida (Amonasro) at Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Otello (Iago) in Puerto
Mr. Gaertner has also been a frequent performer of opera in concert, having
made his professional debut in 2000 with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center’s Alice
Tully Hall as Cristiano in Zandonai’s I Cavalieri di Ekebù; he appeared again with
Teatro Grattacielo in 2005 as Cascart in Leoncavallo’s Zazà under the baton of the
late Alfredo Silipigni. He also made several appearances with Opera Orchestra of
New York at Carnegie Hall as Sonora in La Fanciulla del West (2004), as Abayaldos
in Donizetti’s Don Sébastien (2006) and as Frank in Puccini’s Edgar (2008), all under
the baton of founder and music director emeritus Eve Queler.
Mr. Gaertner has performed
extensively across North America in such diverse roles as Riccardo in I Puritani,
Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Amonasro in Aida,
Escamillo in Carmen, Iago in Otello, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio in Pagliacci,
Marcello in La Bohème and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
His other concert appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem at Catholic University
in Washington, DC (2005) and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at Carnegie Hall with
the New England Symphonic Ensemble (2010). He has also been the recipient of awards
from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Opera Index Inc. and the Oratorio Society
of New York.
Mr. Gaertner lives in New York City and continues private vocal studies
with New York-based voice teacher Michael Paul.