Romanian baritone George Petean made his Royal Opera debut in 2003 as Silvio (Pagliacci) and has since sung Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Marcello (La bohème) for the Company. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Giorgio Germont (La traviata).
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, Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Rome Opera 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) and Simon Boccanegra. He also sings bel canto roles such as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) 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 in his repertory include Valentin (Faust). He is the brother of baritone Alexandru Agache.