La Forza del Destino, New Amsterdam Opera, March 24, 2017

“Stephen Gaertner, whose dark, manly baritone thrives on such roles as Don Carlo, sang ‘Son Pereda, [son ricco] d’onore’ robustly but really hit stride in his duets with Alvaro and the double aria between those duets, the proper fiendish gleam arising in his earthy clash with [Errin] Brooks’s metallic tenor. Both singers built tense excitement in this scene, and their rage had an inspiring fire.”
(John Yohalem, www.parterre.com, March 27, 2017)

“...Stephen Gaertner’s Carlo demonstrated a true Verdi baritone force. His opening aria ‘Son Peredea [sic], son [ricco] d’onore’ was given a darker color and there was some restraint as he emphasized certain words to really create the story he was telling. But it was his ‘Urna Fatale’ that really demonstrated his range. Gaertner showcased torment in Carlo as he delivered each line. While there was no prop he could work with, Gaertner used the audience as he looked into it, expressing the uncertainty in his vow. But as he concluded the aria, he regained his vocal strength and delivered the final note with assertion. And in the second part ‘Ah! Egli e salvo! Oh gioia immensa,’ Gaertner savored each moment. The torment was gone and his voice regained the strength of a man ready for revenge. The cabaletta was propelled by his swift tempo, which only made for a more passionate delivery. That strength was once again emphasized in his second duet with Alvaro...Gaertner’s Carlo was firm, cutting each phrase short with a staccato sound. That...gave the duet dynamism. The final duet allowed Gaertner to once again show that muscular strength. But this time, he was allowed to demonstrate his legato line in full force.”
(Francisco Salazar, www.operawire.com, March 25, 2017)

October 13, 14, 2017

Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto

Opera Grand Rapids

Conductor: James Meena
Director: Stephanie Havey

 

March 24, 2017

Don Carlo di Vargas  Verdi: La Forza del Destino

New Amsterdam Opera

October 6, 8, 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