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 2014-2015 season begins with his return to Opera Philadelphia reprising the role of Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. He returns to the role in 2015 on a tour throughout France with theaters including Opéra de Limoges, Théâtre de Caen, Opéra de Reims, and Opéra de Dijon. Additional performances for the season include Tonio in La fille du regiment in his debut with Palm Beach Opera, as well as his house and role debuts singing Lindoro inL'Italiana in Algeri with Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Described as "deserving to be numbered on the short list of Rossini all-stars" by Opera Today, Stayton premiered the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra de Lille in 2012 and reprised the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Nashville Opera in 2013. Additional roles in the Rossini repertoire include his debut as the title character in Le comte Ory with Des Moines Metro Opera and as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival. Stayton made his critically acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in a last-minute performance as Percy in Anna Bolena, and returned last season as Elvino in La Sonnambula opposite Diana Damrau.
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