Taylor Stayton's "laser-bright timbre" and "exceptional fluidity above the staff" (Opera News) continue to distinguish him as one of the most sought-after tenors of his generation. Stayton's 2013-2014 season begins with his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, a role that he premiered last May with Opéra de Lille and reprises again this January in his debut with Nashville Opera. 2014 also marks his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Elvino in La Sonnambula opposite Diana Damrau, as well as his return to Des Moines Metro Opera for his role debut as the title character in Rossini's Le comte Ory. Stayton recently made critically acclaimed debuts with Opéra de Lille in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Kentucky Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and his German debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Marzio in Mozart's Mitridate.

A native of Sidney, Ohio, Stayton made his professional debut in 2010 at the Teatro dell-Opera di Roma as Fenton in the new Franco Zeffirelli production of Falstaff with Renato Bruson and Carlos Alvarez. Stayton then appeared with Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Mosé in Egitto, where Opera News praised him as having “a fluidly responsive lyric tenor with a vibrant ping above the staff as the rebellious Egyptian Prince Osiride.”

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