Since his Seattle Opera debut as Orphée in the 1987 production of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice, Cole has returned to the company often, singing such roles as Nadir in Bizet's Pêcheurs de perles, the title role in Verdi's Don Carlos, Roméo in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Don José in Bizet's Carmen, and the title role in Massenet's Werther. In 1997, he opened the season at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, as Renaud in a new production of Gluck's Armide. He made his Chicago Lyric Opera debut in the title role of Mozart's Idomeneo in 1998. Cole appears regularly at the Metropolitan Opera; San Francisco Opera; Paris Opéra-Bastille; Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels; Vienna, Bavarian, Berlin, and Hamburg State Operas; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; and Monte Carlo Opera. He made his debut with Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in 1999 as Tito in Mozart's Clemenza di Tito. This season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Alfredo in Verdi's Traviata. His most recent performances with Seattle Opera were the title role in Gounod's Faust, Gerald in Delibes' Lakmé, and Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca.