Born in Argentina, Marcelo Puente has gained widespread recognition as an important lirico-spinto tenor in theaters including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stuttgart Opera, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Opera Australia, Teatro Real in Madrid, Hamburg State Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Semperoper Dresden, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, State Opera Prague, and several others.
Puente sprang to international attention in 2017, when he debuted at the Royal Opera House as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, opposite Ermonela Jaho and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. This production was also released on DVD. Other debuts followed in rapid succession: at the Hamburg State Opera and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie as Pinkerton, as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, as Don José with Opera Australia, and in Japan in concert performances of Carmen under Charles Dutoit with the NHK Orchestra Puente sang Paolo in Francesca da Rimini at the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg in 2018 and subsequently starred in the same role for his debut at La Scala in Milan. He also added the role of Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino to his repertoire in a new production at the Zürich Opera, as well as at the Semperoper in Dresden. The artist also sang his first Calaf in Turandot for his debut at the Vancouver Opera.
In 2019, Puente made two other significant debuts: at the Opera National de Paris as Cavaradossi and at the Washington National Opera in the title role of Faust. He returned to Dresden as Don José in Carmen and made his debut at the Cologne Opera in La Forza del Destino. He also sang Cavaradossi at the Hamburg State Opera and Pinkerton in El Escorial, Spain. Puente began the 2019/20 season with his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid in the title role of Don Carlos, after which he reprised the role for his debut at the Greek National Opera in Athens. He also recently sang his first Pollione in a new production of Norma at the Hamburg State Opera. Other recent engagements have included Don José at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Manrico in Il Trovatore with Opera Toulon, and the title role in a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlos at the State Opera Prague. Puente has also starred as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
The 2020/21 season, Puente would have made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Pinkerton but because of the pandemic was cancelled. He made his debut at the Opéra de Marseille as Cavaradossi. In the 2021/22 season, the tenor will make his debut at the Opera de Monte-Carlo as Pinkerton, after which he will return to Marseille in the title role of Don Carlos. Roles in preparation for the future include Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, Enzo in La Gioconda, Radames in Aida, and the title role in Andrea Chenier.