San Francisco Opera has announced that Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott and American bass Erik Anstine will sing the role of Leporello in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”
Both artists will make their first appearances with the San Francisco Opera as they will be stepping in for previously scheduled bass Marco Vinco, who has withdrawn from the production for health reasons.
Schrott is scheduled to sing the first six performances and Anstine the last two.
Schrott is a world-renowned interpreter of the title role of Don Giovanni and he has also earned considerable acclaim for his Leporello in leading opera houses, especially the Metropolitan Opera. OperaWire noted that “his Leporello might just be the finest there is as he plays him as a straight-up brute with a confused moral compass.” He has also performed the role at the Vienna State Opera. Other operas he has performed include “I Vespri Sicilianni,” “Aida,” “I Puritani” and “L’Elisir D’Amore.”
Meanwhile, American bass Erik Anstine has performed Leporello with Seattle Opera and has appeared at the Salzburg Festival and as an ensemble member at Opernhaus Zürich.
The two will join an ensemble that includes Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Erin Wall, Ana María Martínez, Sarah Shafer, Michael Sumuel and Andrea Silvestrelli. Marc Minkowski conducts Italian director Jacopo Spirei’s first production with the company. The production runs from June 4 to 30 and will be live streamed at the ballpark on June 30.