Paolo Rumetz


Paolo Rumetz, baritone, was born in Trieste and began his musical studies in his home town, continuing them in Munich with Josef Metternich, and in Rome with Renato Guelfi. Paolo Rumetz made his debut in Cimarosa´s Il Maestro di Cappella in Spoleto. In 1988 his first appearance at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos followed by a career that saw him on the stages of all leading Italian opera houses, including La Fenice, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Rome Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Regio in Turin, Macerata Sferisterio, and the Arena in Verona, as well as performing abroad in London, Garsington, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Salzburg, Hannover, Barcelona, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Toulouse, Savonlinna, Leipzig, and Zagreb.

Acclaimed for his stage presence, versatility, and taste, Paolo Rumez has a broad repertoire covering all major baritono buffo and baritono drammatico roles.

Among the buffo roles of the late 18th century and belcanto, Paolo Rumetz notable performances include Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), Nozze di Figaro (Count), La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico), Il Turco in Italia (Don Geronio, documented in DVD with Cecilia Bartoli and Ruggero Raimondi), L’Italiana in Algeri (Taddeo), L’Elisir d’amore (Dulcamara), Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico Ashton). Dramatic of the late 19th century and Verismo, include La Traviata (Germont), Il Trovatore (Conte di Luna), Simon Boccanegra (Simone), Aida (Amonasro), Falstaff (title role, and Ford), Otello (Jago), Tosca (Scarpia), La Bohème (Marcello, Schaunard), Madama Butterfly (Sharpless), Gianni Schicchi (title role), Werther (Albert), Don Quichotte (Sancho), Fedora (De Siriex), Pagliacci (Tonio), La belle Hélène, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Pepito), Lohengrin (Telramund), Rheingold (Alberich), and less known titles like I quattro rusteghi (Maurizio) by Wolf Ferrari and Oceana (Ers) di A. Smareglia.

Recent years have seen Mr Rumetz performing in the lead roles of Falstaff in Salzburg, Zurich and Bologna, L’Elisir d’amore at the Liceu in Barcelona, in Trieste and at the Savonlinna Festival, Aida in Vienna, Tokyo and Trieste, Il Trovatore in Rijeka, La Forza del Destino in Zurich, Tel Aviv and Modena, Don Quichote in Turin and Trieste, Il Turco in Italia in Leipzig, Zurich and Rome, Il segreto di Susanna in Zurich, L’Italiana in Algeri in Lisbon, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Zurich and Salzburg, Roberto Devereux in Trieste, I quattro rusteghi in Toulouse, Madama Butterfly at La Scala and in Seul, Traviata in Lubijana, Bohème and Pagliacci in Verona, Otello in Trieste e a Spalato, Simon Boccanegra in Tokyo, La Wally and Gioconda in Sankt Gallen.

Paolo Rumetz has also performed in several concert pieces, which have seen performing Praecursor Domini by Frescobaldi, Bach’s Johannes Passion, Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Hasse The Conversion of St Augustine, Carmina Burana and Mahler’s Lieder eines farhenden Geselle.

Since 2013 he has been a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Staatsoper, where, among other roles he has sung in Elisir d’Amore, Aida, La Cenerentola, Roberto Devereux, Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’Italiana in Algeri and The Cunning Little Vixen. In december 2014 he debuted in the title role of Rigoletto, that he performed at Klosterneuburg Opera Festival and at Hannover Staatsoper. In Summer 2016 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival in Gounod’s Faust (Wagner), and in October 2016 in the Vienna Staatsoper’s new production of Armide by Gluck in the role of Hidraot, and in Falstaff under Zubin Metha. He recently sang Germont in Traviata in Vienna and Klagenfurt, and Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera in Vienna in November 2017 and in a new production at the Chemnitz Staattheater, Amonasro in Aida and Rigoletto in May 2018, all at the Vienna Staatsoper.

Mr Rumetz continue to carry a good balance of both sides of his scores. Future engagements include Conte di Luna – Trovatore in Oderzo, Don Magnifico – Cenerentola, Alfio – Cavalleria Rusticana, and Dulcamara – L’elisir d’Amore in Vienna. Whilst staging regularly in Vienna, Mr Rumetz selctively considers additional engagement in productions around Europe, and at music festivals.




Elena Habermann – Online Merkur, June 2018

“Rigoletto is Paolo Rumetz. He showed a beautiful rendition of this great role and again demonstrated how wide is the range of his repertoire. His presence in this role is a grace for the house.”