Australian-born but of Italian heritage, Rosario La Spina made his U.S. debut at Seattle Opera as Rodolfo in Puccini’s Bohème, a role that he previously sang at Opera Australia and on tour in Italy, India, and the Far East. Accepted into the Young Artists Program at Teatro alla Scala in 2000, he has sung there as Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello, the Messenger in Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila, and Riccardo in Verdi’s Oberto. La Spina has already been widely heard in lead tenor roles, including those of Verdi’s Rigoletto at Teatro Argentina in Rome, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Stadttheater Bern, Puccini’s Tabarro at Sakai City Opera in Osaka, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Festival Aix-en-Provence. Recently, La Spina has appeared at Opera Australia as the Duke in Rigoletto, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, the Prince in Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (also for West Australia Opera), Alfredo in Verdi’s Traviata, Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot, and the Prince in Dvorak’s Rusalka. He returns to Seattle Opera as Radames in Verdi’s Aida.