- Jonas Westover
(b Tilfis, Georgia). American baritone of Georgian birth. He is considered one of the world’s leading interpreters of Puccini and Verdi’s music. He made his debut in 1989 as Renato in Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera at the Tilfis National Theater. In the following three years, Ataneli received several major awards, including first prize and the Grand Prix at the International Francisco-Vinas Competition in Barcelona (1991), and first prize at the “I Cestelli” Competition. He has appeared across the world, including with the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera, and the Bavarian State Opera. His relationship with the Metropolitan Opera blossomed in the 21st century, as Tonio in I Pagliacci in 2006, Macbeth (under the direction of James Levine) in 2007–8, and Rigoletto in 2010. He also has been active as a performer in concert and on television and radio. His tremendously powerful voice has engaged audiences worldwide, and his skill is featured on numerous recordings and DVD releases....