American bass Raymond Aceto has established an important presence among the world’s leading opera companies and symphony orchestras. His performances continue to gather both popular and critical acclaim.
Aceto’s recent seasons included his return to the Metropolitan Opera for performances in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles under conductor Emmanuel Villaume and in Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen. Following his 2016 debut at Washington National Opera in Francesca Zambello’s RING Cycle, he returned to the Kennedy Center in 2019 as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust. He reprised the roles of Hunding and Fafner in Zambello’s RING Cycle with the San Francisco Opera, led by Donald Runnicles.
A frequent presence on the world’s international stages, Aceto performed a new production of Nabucco for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Shanghai Grand Theater, conducted by Daniel Oren. He also appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra on tour to Vienna’s Musikverein as Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen under the baton of Music Director Franz Welser-Most and directed by Yuval Sharon. In 2015 he traveled to Japan with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Banquo in Macbeth and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Sir Antonio Pappano conducting. A regular collaborator with leading symphony orchestras, he has recently been seen as a soloist for Verdi’s Requiem with the Oregon and Grand Rapids Symphonies, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Ward Stare, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with the St. Louis Symphony under Music Director David Robertson.
His operatic appearances in the U.S. include Roméo et Juliette, La fanciulla del West, King Roger, and Rigoletto with Santa Fe Opera; Nabucco, Aida, Don Giovanni, and Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera; Nabucco, Macbeth, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Samson et Dalila, Les pêcheurs de perles, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Aida, Manon, and Boris Godunov with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Macbeth, Aida, Turandot, Aida, and Susannah with the San Francisco Opera; Tosca, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Simon Boccanegra, Boris Godunov, Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, and Don Giovanni with Houston Grand Opera; Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, La bohème, Das Rheingold, Luisa Miller, and Die Zauberflöte with The Dallas Opera; Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust and Vodnik in Rusalka with New Orleans Opera; and Wagner’s RING Cycle at Washington National Opera. He has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Seattle, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Boston, Colorado, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Cleveland, as well as the opera festivals in St. Louis and Spoleto (USA).
On the international stage, Aceto has been seen in at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Vienna Staatsoper; Teatro Real Madrid; Netherlands Opera; Oper Frankfurt; Arena di Verona; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; La Monnaie; Teatro Comunale di Firenze; Carmen at Teatro Massimo; Canadian Opera Company; L’Opéra de Montréal.
In concert, Aceto has appeared with leading symphony orchestras across the world, including the Dallas Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, New West Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall, among others. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut as Balthazar in a concert performance of Donizetti’s La Favorite with L’Opéra Français de New York, and his Carnegie Hall debut as Andrea Cornaro in Caterina Cornaro with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist’s Development Program, the Ohio-born bass has appeared frequently with the company since his debut as the Jailer in Tosca during the 1992-1993 season. In 1995 and 1996, Aceto was awarded Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grants, and in 1994 he was a recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Award. In 1996, he traveled to Japan for performances and a recording of The Rake’s Progress with Seiji Ozawa conducting. Aceto can also be heard in the role of Capellio in Teldec’s recording of I Capuleti e i Montecchi.