2016–17 Season: Title role in Don Giovanni
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Don Giovanni, Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo was winner of the Toti dal Monte International Competition in 1989 and in 1991. He sings for the world’s leading opera houses, including La Scala; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera; Vienna State Opera; Opéra-Bastille; Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; Rome Opera; Liceu, Barcelona; the Maggio Musicale, Florence; and the Salzburg Festival. His repertory includes Leporello, Don Pasquale, Figaro, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Giorgio (I Puritani), Mustafà (L’Italiana in Algeri), Selim, Alidoro (La Cenerentola), and Henry VIII (Anna Bolena).
Don Giovanni is central to D’Arcangelo’s repertory today. In autumn 2010, he premiered two new productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Wiener Staatsoper and then in 2011 a new production conducted by Daniel Barenboim at La Scala, followed by a new Zeffirelli production at the Arena di Verona. Moreover, he recorded the title role for Deutsche Grammophon at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden which was released in autumn 2012 to great critical acclaim. More recently, he has performed the role at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; San Diego Opera; the Salzburg Festival; and Los Angeles Opera.