Nabucco, Sarasota Opera, March 2019

“In the title role, Stephen Gaertner cut a suitably changeable figure, ranging from stentorian ruler to the pathetic lost soul Nabucco became after being struck by lightning when he had the impiety to declare himself a god. Gaertner’s burnished baritone imbued the demented monarch’s machinations with an elegant sheen.”
(John Fleming, Opera, September 2019)

“The evening probably belonged to baritone Stephen Gaertner, Nabucco...Gaertner’s mad scene was compelling. On his hands and feet he pathetically attempted to reassemble the shredded document revealing Abigaille’s identity. His return to sanity, with the help of cello and flute, was heroic.”
(Phillip Gainsley, www.operanews.com, June 2019)

“Baritone Stephen Gaertner was Nabucco. His stage demeanor was royal and rageful and his vocal status excellent. His mellow baritone has power on reserve and great flexibility. His glazed demeanor after being struck by lightning was impressive and his declamatory utterance definitive. His voice had the color and power to take the audience on his emotional irrational ride. He handled the controls very well and deserved his ovation. Nabucco’s aria in Act Four with the chorus ‘Son pur queste mia membra! Dio di Giuda’ had the richness of tone that indicated that resolution was near.”
(Nino Pantano, www.brooklyndiscovery.com, March 27, 2019)

“Stephen Gaertner dynamic baritone vocals powered through the gamut of emotions as Nabucco, moving from intense to frail, to deranged, then composed and in control.”
(Carolan Trbovich, www.broadwayworld.com, March 18, 2019)

“Stephen Gaertner is imposing in the title role, superb when he finally gets his aria, ‘Dio di Guida’ in act four, as Nabucco returns from insanity and embraces the god of his enemies, the Jewish people.”
(William S. Oser, www.talkinbroadway.com, March 7, 2019)

“In the title role we heard Stephen Gaertner, a baritone of ringing tone and positive stage presence who realistically (which is to say, not too frenetically) conveyed Nabucco’s post-blasphemy breakdown but also the pathos of his humiliation.”
(Arthur Kaptainis, www.classicalvoiceamerica.org, March 5, 2019)

“[Stephen] Gaertner brought a hefty bright baritone to the role of the King of Babylon, and his madness, recovery and conversion were most convincing.”
Edward Alley, www.yourobserver.com, March 4, 2019)

“The title role calls for a well-rounded actor, and baritone Stephen Gaertner fills the role with regal confidence. Three times Nabucco appears suddenly on the scene to turn the action and makes one striking departure. He arrives to conquer Jerusalem in Act 1, then returns to regain his crown from Abigaille’s revolt with ‘Non son più re, son dio’...This does not end well as a bolt of lightning strikes him senseless and Abigaille takes advantage of his madness. Gaertner is convincing in his mad scene and pathetic as he pleads for Fenena’s life in ‘Oh di qual onta aggravasi questo mio crin canuto’...We were ready to cheer for him as he regained his power with the prayer ‘Dio di Giuda’...and returns forcefully in the last scene to save the day.”
(Gayle Williams, Herald-Tribune, March 3, 2019)

Verdi: La Forza del Destino - “Morir! Tremenda cosa...Urna fatale”

New Amsterdam Opera, Mar. 24, 2017

Bizet: Carmen - “Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre”

Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Dec. 21, 2010

Puccini: Edgar - “Questo amor, vergogna mia”

Opera Orchestra of New York, Carnegie Hall, Apr. 13, 2008

Donizetti: Dom Sébastien - “Eh quoi! des danses et des fêtes!...Levez-vous!”

Opera Orchestra of New York, Carnegie Hall, Nov. 7, 2006

Leoncavallo: Zazà - “Zazà, piccola zingara”

Teatro Grattacielo, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY, Nov. 24, 2005

Leoncavallo: Zazà - “Buona Zazà”

Teatro Grattacielo, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY, Nov. 24, 2005

 

 

Verdi: Otello - Act Two Sogno & Sì, pel ciel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj_kABqErg0

Verdi: Otello - Teatro de la Ópera, San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 6, 2016)

Iago - Stephen Gaertner
Otello - Rafael Dávila
Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico
Rafael Enrique Irizarry, conductor
Gilberto Valenzuela, director

Verdi: Otello - Act Two Credo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le0Zae271gk

Verdi: Otello - Teatro de la Ópera, San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 6, 2016)

Iago - Stephen Gaertner
Cassio - Peter Rivera
Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico
Rafael Enrique Irizarry, conductor
Gilberto Valenzuela, director

Verdi: Otello - Act One Brindisi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK-1BY00L_I

Verdi: Otello - Teatro de la Ópera, San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 6, 2016)

Iago - Stephen Gaertner
Cassio - Peter Rivera
Roderigo - Esteban Cordero
Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico
Rafael Enrique Irizarry, conductor
Gilberto Valenzuela, director

Macbeth teaser - Savonlinna Opera Festival 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXFGtPrnZp8

Preview of the title role in Verdi's Macbeth - Savonlinna Opera Festival 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQwXFR6TwmY

Scarpia, Tonio, Carlo Gérard

Viva Verismo! (excerpts from Tosca, Pagliacci & Andrea Chénier)

November 22, 24m, 2019 (Cambridge School, Baltimore MD)

Maryland Opera

Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

March 22m, 24, 27, 29m, 2020

Opéra de Dijon