Since his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Donizetti’sLucia di Lammermoorin 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 inSimon Boccanegra, Iago in Otelloand Chorèbe in Berlioz’sLes Troyens. He made his European debut in December 2010 with Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège as Escamillo inCarmen. Recent career highlights have included the title role of Macbethwith the 2013 Savonlinna Opera Festival in Savonlinna, and also Lanciotto Malatesta in Rachmaninoff’sFrancesca da Riminiand the title role ofGianni Schicchiin 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: Madama Butterfly at Metropolitan, Peter Grimes at Princeton Festival, Aida in Naples, Otello in Puertorico.
In 2017 La forza del destino (Don Carlo di Vargas) with New Amsterdam Opera, Rigoletto with Grand Rapids Opera.
Il 2018 is Nabucco at San Carlo in Naples and Riccardo in Puritani in Trieste.
Nel 2019 is Nabucco with Sarasota Opera and Macbeth in Dijon.
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’sI Cavalieri di Ekebù; he appeared again with Teatro Grattacielo in 2005 as Cascart in Leoncavallo’sZazàunder the baton of the late Alfredo Silipigni. He also made several appearances with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall as Sonora inLa Fanciulla del West(2004), as Abayaldos in Donizetti’sDon Sébastien(2006) and as Frank in Puccini’sEdgar(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 inI Puritani, Enrico inLucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Germont inLa Traviata, Amonasro inAida, Escamillo inCarmen, Iago inOtello, Alfio inCavalleria Rusticana, Tonio inPagliacci, Marcello inLa Bohèmeand Sharpless inMadama Butterfly.
His other concert appearances have included Britten’sWar Requiemat Catholic University in Washington, DC (2005) and Brahms’Ein Deutsches Requiemat 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.