Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente is rapidly gaining recognition as an important lirico-spinto tenor at such theaters as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Stuttgart, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Hamburg State Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Semperoper Dresden, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, State Opera Prague, and several others. Puente began the current season as Calaf in Turandot for his debut at the Vancouver Opera, after which he debuted with Opera Australia as Don José in Carmen. He made his debut at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg as Paolo in Francesca da Rimini, a role which he also sang in April of 2018 for his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He will subsequently debut at the Semperoper Dresden and Opernhaus Zürich as Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino. This summer, he will sing his first Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Verbier Festival under Valery Gergiev and debut at the Arena di Verona as Don José. Plans for the 2018/19 season include La Forza del Destino in Dresden and in Cologne, his debut with the Washington National Opera as the title role in Faust, Carmen in Dresden, and Tosca at the Hamburg State Opera and for his debut at the Opera National de Paris.
Marcelo Puente studied at the Córdoba Conservatory and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. In the 2016/17 season, he made several significant debuts: at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, opposite Ermonela Jaho and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, at the Hamburg State Opera and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in the same role, at the Canadian Opera Company and Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf as Cavaradossi in Tosca, in North America as Don José in Carmen for the Michigan Opera Theater, and in Japan in concert performances of Carmen under Charles Dutoit with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo.
Other recent engagements have included Don José in Carmen at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rodolfo in La boheme with Oper Stuttgart, Manrico in Il Trovatore with Opera Toulon, and the title role in a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlos at the State Opera Prague. Puente has also starred as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Other roles in his developing repertoire include Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, Enzo in La Gioconda, Radames in Aida, and the title role in Andrea Chenier.