Romanian baritone George Petean made his Royal Opera debut in 2003 as Silvio (Pagliacci) and has since sung Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marcello (La bohème) and Giorgio Germont (La traviata) for the Company. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing Giorgio Germont.
Petean was born in Cluj-Napoca and studied piano and trombone at the music school there and singing at the Musikakademie Gheorghe Dima. He made his professional debut as Don Giovanni in Cluj-Napoca and his international debut as Marcello for Rome Opera. He was a member of Hamburg State Opera 2002–10 and continues to sing regularly for the company, alongside performances with Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Paris Opéra, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Real, Madrid, Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Rome Opera, Teatro Regio di Parma and the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, among others.
Petean’s repertory includes the great Verdi baritone roles, such as Rigoletto, Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), Anckarström (Un ballo in maschera), Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa (Don Carlo), Simon Boccanegra and Iago (Otello). He also sings bel canto roles such as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor), Sir Riccardo Forth (I puritani) and the title role in Le Duc d’Albe, and verismo roles such as Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Rabbi David (L’amico Fritz) and Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chénier). Other roles include Valentin (Faust). He is the brother of baritone Alexandru Agache.