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Frank Porretta

Frank Porretta


American tenor Frank Porretta makes his Seattle Opera debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, a role that he has sung in Vienna, Paris, Dresden, Hamburg, Montpellier, Baltimore, Norfolk, and at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2002, Porretta made his European debut in the title role of Verdi’s Otello at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. Subsequently, he sang the role of King Arthur in the world premiere of Albeniz’s Merlin at Teatro Real in Madrid. Other recent roles include Don Alvaro in Verdi’s Forza del destino and Dick Johnson in Puccini’s Fanciulla del West at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot at Teatro Regio Torino. He returns to the Berlin State Opera this season for Radames in Verdi’s Aida. The son of two American opera singers, Porretta completed his musical studies at Julliard School of Music. His father, tenor Frank Porretta, Jr., made his Seattle Opera debut as Gerald in the 1967 production of Delibes’ Lakmé and his mother, soprano Roberta Palmer, made her Seattle Opera debut as Tosca in 1977.

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