November 19, 2021
Spotlight on Raymond Aceto
It is a joy to welcome back bass Raymond Aceto — a familiar face to the Lyric stage — as Captain in our 2021/22 production of Florencia en el Amazonas. With over a dozen roles to date, Aceto has captivated Chicago audiences with his rich tone and impressive range since his company debut in the 1997/98 Season as The Voice of Neptune in Mozart's Idomeneo. Aceto soon became a regular on the Lyric stage, appearing as the High Priest of Baal in Nabucco (1997/98), Jed in Mourning Becomes Elektra (1998/99), Alaskan Wolf-Joe in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1998/99), Pistola in Falstaff (1999/00), Banco in Macbeth (1999/00), Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila (2003/04), Count des Grieux in Manon (2008/09), and Varlaam in Boris Godunov (2011/12).
One of Aceto’s first major roles at Lyric was as Nourabad in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. The 1997/98 production was the company’s first presentation of the Bizet opera in more than 30 years! Later, in Lyric’s 2000/01 Season, Aceto brought the perfect mix of slapstick humor and lofty airs to Basilio, Rosina’s supercilious music teacher (portrayed by Vesselina Kasarova), in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
Aceto's compelling High Priest Ramfis dazzled Lyric audiences in our 2004/05 production of Verdi's Aida. He returned to the role in the 2011/12 Season.
Raymond Aceto performed Ramfis, the priest of Isis, with finesse and aplomb.”
From giant to dragon, Lyric's 2004/05 Season was an eventful one for the American bass as he brought his larger-than-life voice to Wagner's Ring cycle, singing Fafner in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried.
Aceto has also graced many of the nation's largest concert and opera stages including San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Washington National Opera. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Aceto has performed frequently with the company since his 1992 Met debut. Abroad, he has starred in leading roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the major companies of Madrid, Palermo, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, and Frankfurt.
After nearly a decade away, Lyric audiences can see Raymond Aceto as The Captain in Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas, November 13-28. In a stunning new production from director Francesca Zambello, he joins an all-star cast in this beautiful Spanish-language opera.