This fall the San Francisco Opera revived its 1997 production of Rigoletto. Featuring Michael Yeargan's handsome sets (inspired by Giorgio de Chirico) and Constance Hoffman's impressive period costumes, the opera has been double cast to gain maximum stage time.
Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.
Verdi's Rigoletto premiered in Venice in 1851 and had its first performance with San Francisco Opera in 1923. Its continuous box office appeal is due primarily to the glorious arias composed for its three principal characters.