Baritone Sebastian Catana

ROLES PREPARED AND/OR PERFORMED
Alfio – Cavalleria Rusticana
Alphonso – La favorita
Amonasro – Aida
Barnaba – La Gioconda
Belcore – L'elisir d'amore
Il Conte – Le nozze di Figaro
Conte di Luna – Il trovatore
Dappertutto – Les contes d'Hoffmann
Don Carlo – Ernani
Don Giovanni – Don Giovanni
Enrico – Lucia di Lammermoor
Ezio – Attila
Falstaff/Ford – Falstaff
Francesco Foscari – I due Foscari
Germont – La traviata
Iago – Otello
Lescaut – Manon
Macbeth – Macbeth
Marcello/Schaunard – La bohème
Miller – Luisa Miller
Nabucco – Nabucco
Paolo – Simon Boccanegra
Posa – Don Carlo
Renato – Un ballo in maschera
Riccardo – I puritani
Rigoletto – Rigoletto
Rolando – La battaglia di Legnano
Scarpia – Tosca
Seid – Il corsaro
Severo – Poliuto
Sharpless – Madama Butterfly
Tonio – I Pagliacci
Valentin – Faust
ROLES IN PREPARATION
Carlo Gerard – Andrea Chenier
Gianni Schicchi – Gianni Schicchi
Michele – Il Tabarro
Michonnet – Adriana Lecouvreur

Romanian-born baritone Sebastian Catana has enjoyed an outstanding career and well-earned reputation as a leading interpreter of Verdi baritone roles. Early in his career, Mr. Catana participated in training programs at Seattle Opera and Baltimore Opera and made his professional debut in 2001 as Thoré in Meyebeer’s Les Huguenots at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, under the baton of Eve Queler. Catana made his debut with The Metropolitan Opera in 2003, singing Schaunard in La Bohème under Daniel Oren. He also sang his first Valentin in Faust with the company, in addition to performing and covering more than a dozen roles there over the following six seasons. In the 2007-2008 season, he made his European debut as Paolo in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and quickly found himself in demand at important houses throughout Europe.

Career highlights include the title role of Nabucco at Rome OperaArena di VeronaDeutsche Oper BerlinOpera PhiladelphiaPalm Beach OperaTeatro Comunale di BolognaIsraeli Opera and Oper Stuttgart, Baron Scarpia in Tosca at the Opéra National de Paris, Rome OperaTeatro La FeniceTeatro Massimo Palermo (later on tour in Japan with Angela Gheorghiu), Teatro Petruzzelli BariIsraeli OperaSavonlinna Festival and Leipzig Oper, Il Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore in Valencia under Zubin Mehta, Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari at Théâtre du Capitole ToulouseAmsterdam ConcertgebouwTeatro Verdi Trieste and Teatro Municipal Santiago, Amonasro in Aida at the Arena di Verona, Diomede in Lauro Rossi’s Cleopatra at Macerata Sferisterio Festival (released on DVD by Dynamic/Naxos), Miller in Luisa Miller at Opéra de Lyon and Teatro Regio di Torino, the title role of Macbeth in concert with the Münich Radio Symphony Orchestra under Friedrich Haider and at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Ezio in Attila at the Parma Verdi Festival (released on DVD by C Major/Unitel Classica), the title role of Rigoletto at the Royal Danish OperaRome Opera under Daniele GattiTeatro Municipal de SantiagoTeatro Verdi TriesteDeutsche Oper am Rhein DüsseldorfNorthern Ireland Opera and the Berkshire Opera Festival, Germont in La Traviata at Rome OperaTeatro Massimo PalermoPittsburgh OperaOpéra de Lausanne and at the Savonlinna Festival, Barnaba in La Gioconda at Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Teatro Filarmonico Verona, Giovanni in Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Seid in Il Corsaro and Don Carlo in Ernani at Dortmund’s Klangvokal Music Festival, and the title role of Falstaff at the Berkshire Opera Festival and Ford in Falstaff at Opéra de Lausanne.

Catana’s performances have been critically acclaimed throughout his illustrious career. Commenting on Sebastian’s Falstaff in 2021, David Shengold of Opera News reported, …Falstaff’s post-dunking monologue, expertly delivered by Sebastian Catana…Catana, a genuine Verdi baritone from Romania who had a notable success as Rigoletto for Berkshire Opera in 2018, was a perfect fit for Shakespeare’s self-assuredly errant knight.” And during the same season, Elisa Pedini from Kainós raved about Catana’s Nabucco at the Arena di Verona with, “Sebastian Catana is no exception, a baritone with a full, solid, full-bodied voice, giving life to a resolute and extremely convincing Nabucco. In fact, his vocal and virtuosic talents allow him to extend from the bright, incisive and peremptory color to the more burnished and warm color, full of pathos and drama.”

Other recent and upcoming engagements include Alfio/Tonio in a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, the title role in Nabucco and Amonasro in Aida at the Arena di Verona, Germont in La Traviata and Il Conte di Luna for Il Trovatore at Israeli Opera, Baron Scarpia in Tosca at the Royal Danish Opera of Copenhagen, the title role of Rigolettoat Opéra Royal de Wallonie – Liège and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the title role in Nabuccoat Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Tonio in Pagliacci at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova (in co-production with RAI) and the title role in Falstaff with the Tokyo Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung.

Mr. Catana has been awarded prizes and awards in vocal competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, First Prize in the 2006 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Voice Competition, Second Prize in the 2007 Giulio Gari Foundation International Voice Competition, Second Prize in the 2006 Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition, First Prize in the 2003 Opera Index Competition, First Prize in the 2004 New Jersey State Opera International Voice Competition, Second Prize in the 2001 Jensen Foundation Competition for Opera Singers, First Prize in the 2000 Connecticut Opera Competition, Sixth Prize in the 2000 Palm Beach Opera Competition, grants from the Lee Schaenen Foundation and the Liederkranz Foundation, and was selected as one of the 10 finalists in the 2004 International Italian Opera Competition organized by Sächsische Staatsoper Semperoper in Dresden, Germany. He holds an Artist Diploma degree in Voice Performance from Duquesne University and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan.