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. Of his performance as Baron Scarpia, The Houston Chronicle hailed, “Raymond Aceto oozes suave villainy as the evil Baron Scarpia, his voice a dark rumble of menace and lust as he plots to destroy Cavaradossi and conquer Tosca…intelligent characterization distinguishes Aceto’s Scarpia as more than a cartoon villain. Commanding in voice and presence, implacable in his lust for Tosca, he is nonetheless subtle in his calculations. It’s his smiling ease that confirms how dangerous he is.”

Mr. Aceto begins the 2016-2017 season with his return to the San Francisco Opera as Ramfis in Francisca Zambello's new production of Aida in November, followed by additional performances in San Francisco as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly. He returns to New Orleans Opera in March as Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust. On the concert stage, Mr. Aceto makes his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's Te Deum under Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, as well as his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra singing Mozart's Requiem under Music Director Ward Stare ... read full bio