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)

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

Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

Opéra de Dijon

Conductor: Sebastiano Rolli
Director: Nicola Raab

 

November 2019

various  Viva Verismo!

Maryland Opera

March 2019

Nabucco  Verdi: Nabucco

Sarasota Opera

November 2018

Sir Riccardo Forth  Bellini: I Puritani

Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi

May-June 2018

Rigoletto (cover)  Verdi: Rigoletto

Los Angeles Opera

October 2017

Rigoletto  Verdi: Rigoletto

Opera Grand Rapids

March 24, 2017

Don Carlo di Vargas  Verdi: La Forza del Destino

New Amsterdam Opera

October 2016

Iago  Verdi: Otello

Teatro de la Ópera de Puerto Rico

July-August 2016

Amonasro  Verdi: Aida

Teatro di San Carlo

June 2016

Captain Balstrode  Britten: Peter Grimes

The Princeton Festival

April 16, 2016

Paolo Albiani  Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Metropolitan Opera

March-April 2016

Sharpless (cover)  Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Metropolitan Opera

January 2016

Giorgio Germont  Verdi: La Traviata

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

November 27, 2015

Cascart  Leoncavallo: Zazà

Opera Rara

September-October 2015

Il Conte di Luna (cover)  Verdi: Il Trovatore

Metropolitan Opera

July 2015

Macbeth  Verdi: Macbeth

Opernfestspiele Heidenheim

July 8, 2015

Macbeth  Verdi: Macbeth

Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz

December 2014-January 2015

Vater (cover)  Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Metropolitan Opera

November 18, 2014

20th Anniversary Gala Benefit Concert 

Teatro Grattacielo

April-May 2014

Sharpless (cover)  Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Metropolitan Opera

July 2013

Macbeth  Verdi: Macbeth

Savonlinna Opera Festival

December 2012-January 2013

Chorèbe (cover & perform)  Berlioz: Les Troyens

Metropolitan Opera

October 2012 & March 2013

Montano  Verdi: Otello

Metropolitan Opera

June 2012

Lanceotto Malatesta  Rachmaninoff: Francesca da Rimini

The Princeton Festival

June 2012

Gianni Schicchi  Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

The Princeton Festival

May 2012

Mr. Redburn (cover)  Britten: Billy Budd

Metropolitan Opera

February 2012

Don Carlo (cover)  Verdi: Ernani

Metropolitan Opera

December 2011-January 2012

Vater (cover)  Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Metropolitan Opera

November-December 2011

Mr. Kallenbach (cover)  Glass: Satyagraha

Metropolitan Opera

March 2011

Andrei Shchelkalov (cover)  Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Metropolitan Opera

February-March 2011 & June 2011

Lord Enrico Ashton (cover & perform)  Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Metropolitan Opera

December 2010

Escamillo  Bizet: Carmen

Opéra Royal de Wallonie

June 21, 2010

Baritone solo  Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

MidAmerica Productions - Carnegie Hall Concert Series

January-February 2010

Paolo Albiani  Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Metropolitan Opera

November-December 2009

Šiškov (cover)  Janáček: From the House of the Dead (Z Mrtvého Domu)

Metropolitan Opera

January 2009

Rigoletto  Verdi: Rigoletto

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

October-November 2008 & February-March 2009

Sharpless (cover)  Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Metropolitan Opera

October-November 2008

Giorgio Germont (cover)  Verdi: La Traviata

Metropolitan Opera

April 13, 2008

Frank  Puccini: Edgar

Opera Orchestra of New York

March 2008 & November-December 2008

Melot  Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Metropolitan Opera

December 13, 2007

Francesco Foscari (cover)  Verdi: I Due Foscari

Opera Orchestra of New York

September-October 2007, March 2008, October 2008 & January-February 2009

Lord Enrico Ashton (cover & perform)  Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Metropolitan Opera

November 7, 2006

Abayaldos  Donizetti: Dom Sébastien

Opera Orchestra of New York

November 12, 2005

Cascart  Leoncavallo: Zazà

Teatro Grattacielo