2016–17 Season: Leporello in Don Giovanni
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Leporello, bass-baritone Erwin Schrott first received international attention in 1998 with a first-prize win at Operalia and since then has received acclaim as both Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni and in the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro. In summer 2008, Schrott made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Leporello. In recent seasons, he has sung the title role of Don Giovanni in London, Milan, Florence, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seville, Turin, and with the Metropolitan Opera on tour to Japan; as well as Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Vienna State Opera; Zurich Opera; and in Valencia. Other roles in his repertoire include Pagano in Verdi’s I Lombardi, the title role of Attila, Banquo in Macbeth, and Escamillo in Carmen. He has recently sung Leporello at the Metropolitan Opera, Figaro at Royal Opera, and the title role of Mefistofele in Baden-Baden and Munich. Next season, Schrott is scheduled to perform Scarpia in Tosca and Dulcamara in L´Elisir d´Amore at the Vienna State Opera and Procida in Les Vêpres siciliennes at Royal Opera, Covent Garden.