American bass Raymond Aceto sings Timur (Turandot) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. He has previously sung Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de perles) and Banquo (Macbeth) for The Royal Opera.
Aceto grew up in Brunswick, Ohio, and first discovered a love of singing through his rock band at school, with whom he also played guitar. He went on to study at Bowling Green State University, quickly switching his major from academic music to performance. On graduating he joined the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and made his debut in Tosca, singing the Gaoler opposite Pavarotti's Cavaradossi. Aceto appears frequently with the Metropolitan Opera, and with other American companies including those of San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Santa Fe, Houston, San Diego and New Orleans. His international appearances have included performances at the Arena di Verona and with Deutsche Oper Berlin.
He met his wife, a criminal lawyer, while they were both performing in Rigoletto in Houston during 2001, he as Sparafucile and she as a courtesan. He has studied oenology (the science of winemaking) and viniculture, and compares the maturation of wine to a singer's vocal development: 'Age is what matters in wine and in the basso voice.'