American tenor Vinson Cole most recently appeared at Seattle Opera as Hoffmann in the 2005 production of Offenbach’s opera. For the company, he has sung Orphée in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (his company debut in 1988), Nadir in Bizet’s Pêcheurs de perles, the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlos, Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, the title role in Massenet’s Werther, the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Gérald in Delibes’ Lakmé, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, and Gustavus III in Verdi’s Ballo in maschera. Cole has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera as well, in such roles as Alfredo in Verdi’s Traviata, Alfred in Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Fledermaus, Rodolfo in Puccini’s Bohème, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo. He has also sung at Teatro alla Scala, where he opened the 1997 season as Renaud in Gluck’s Armide. Other engagements abroad include performances with Paris Opéra–Bastille, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Opera Australia. Cole is a member of the University of Washington music faculty and has received a Mayor’s Arts Award for his contributions to the musical arts in Seattle. He returns to Seattle Opera as the Italian tenor in Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier.