2017–18 Season: Alfredo Germont in La Traviata
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata, Atalla Ayan has quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after tenors of his generation. A member of the Stuttgart Opera since 2012, Ayan has been equally well received at major international houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (in the roles of Ruggero in La Rondine and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni), Teatro alla Scala (Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore), Grand Théâtre de Genève (the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier), and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Rodolfo in La Bohème). Ayan has previously sung the role of Alfredo in Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Genova, and at Der Norske Opera in Oslo with scheduled performances planned for 2017 at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and the Glyndebourne Festival. Recent engagements include Nemorino at the Bavarian State Opera, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at Stuttgart, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln.