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Born in La Spezia, Marco Vratogna began his musical studies at the Puccini Conservatory. Renowned around the world for his distinctive voice of staggering range, timbre and amplitude, Marco Vratogna made his operatic debut in December 2000, in the role of Stankar in Verdi’s Stiffelio at Teatro Verdi in Trieste. Since then, the Italian baritone enjoyed success on the world’s greatest stages. He performed as Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. He was highly praised for his debut in Macbeth title role under the baton of Massimo de Bernart at Teatro Comunale in Modena, where he subsequently returned for a recital and a concert celebrating the 40 years of Luciano Pavarotti’s career (with Leone Magiera). Early highlights include Carmen at Opera Company of Philadelphia, Nabucco at Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna and at Oper Frankfurt, Simon Boccanegra (Paolo Albiani) at Teatro Comunale in Florence with Claudio Abbado and at Teatro Regio di Torino (directed by Graham Vick), Il Trovatore (Conte di Luna), Pagliacci (Tonio) and Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio) at Teatro Municipale Verdi in Salerno, again Conte di

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Born in La Spezia, Marco Vratogna began his musical studies at the Puccini Conservatory.
Renowned around the world for his distinctive voice of staggering range, timbre and amplitude, Marco Vratogna made his operatic debut in December 2000, in the role of Stankar in Verdi’s Stiffelio at Teatro Verdi in Trieste. Since then, the Italian baritone enjoyed success on the world’s greatest stages. He performed as Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. He was highly praised for his debut in Macbeth title role under the baton of Massimo de Bernart at Teatro Comunale in Modena, where he subsequently returned for a recital and a concert celebrating the 40 years of Luciano Pavarotti’s career (with Leone Magiera).

Early highlights include Carmen at Opera Company of Philadelphia, Nabucco at Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna and at Oper Frankfurt, Simon Boccanegra (Paolo Albiani) at Teatro Comunale in Florence with Claudio Abbado and at Teatro Regio di Torino (directed by Graham Vick), Il Trovatore (Conte di Luna), Pagliacci (Tonio) and Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio) at Teatro Municipale Verdi in Salerno, again Conte di Luna at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and Tonio at Oper Frankfurt. Further appearances were at Teatro Verdi in Trieste (Simon Boccanegra and Il Trovatore), at La Monnaie in Bruxelles (I Masnadieri, Francesco), at Teatro Felice in Genoa (Nabucco), at Berlin Staatsoper and Oper Frankfurt (Tosca), at Stuttgart Staatstheater (new production of Otello, conducted by Nicola Luisotti).

During the following years, Marco Vratogna sang on the most important stages worldwide: L’amore dei tre Re in Turin, Simon Boccanegra in Cagliari, Un Ballo in Maschera and Macbeth at Oper Frankfurt, a new production of Simon Boccanegra in Amsterdam, a new production of Madama Butterfly in  Stuttgart, Luisa Miller in Leipzig, Andrea Chénier in Berlin, Otello and Tosca in Hamburg.

2007 and 2008 saw his successful debuts at Arena di Verona with Aida and at the Royal Opera House in London with Simon Boccanegra, followed by Un Ballo in Maschera at Teatro Real in Madrid, Simon Boccanegra at Liceu in Barcelona, the highly praised debut at Stockholm Opera with a new production of Macbeth, a new production of Aida at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich concuted by Daniele Gatti, Otello and Tosca in Dresden, Otello in San Francisco conducted by Nicola Luisotti. He also received very positive reviews with Andrea Chénier in Madrid, Edgar in Bologna, Aida at the Royal Opera House in London, in Valencia and in San Francisco again with M° Luisotti.

In recent years, Marco Vratogna sang with big success La Fanciulla del West in Chicago, Attila at La Scala and in Seattle, Un Ballo in Maschera in Dresden, Otello in Frankfurt (new production), at the Metropolitan in NY, at Israeli Opera and at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tosca at La Scala, in Dresden, Wien, Valencia, Bari, Berlin, Zurich and Hamburg, Rigoletto title role in Limoges and in San Francisco conducted by Nicola Luisotti, Macbeth in Verona. Most recently, Rigoletto in Tokyo, Andrea Chénier at Wiener Staatsoper, Aida and Nabucco at Arena di Verona, Aida in Naples, Rigoletto in Seattle, Edgar and La Fanciulla del West in Frankfurt, Tosca in Turin, at the Royal Opera House in London and at Macerata Opera Festival.

Future plans include: Otello in Turin and Barcelona, Tosca at Wiener Staatsoper, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at La Scala, Simon Boccanegra and Tosca in Dresden.

He has recorded Verdi’s Stiffelio for Dynamic.

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Reviews

"[...] once again Marco Vratogna offered one of the great performances that the San Francisco audience learned to appreciate after his company debut as Iago in the past season's Otello. Thanks to his strong characterization, his Amonasro was a catalyst for many feelings that are fundamental to this opera [...]"

Marina Romani, MusicalCriticism.com

"In the title role on Saturday, Marco Vratogna gave a performance that rose steadily in both accuracy and strength. By Act III he was top-notch, with a real Verdi baritone voice, powerful singing and persuasive acting."

Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

"Italian Marco Vratogna’s rich and commanding baritone was the real standout. In his gripping Act 3 monologue, he realizes that the ideals for which he fought have turned into lies and he decries the excesses of the revolution. His voice reflected the pathos, irony and moment of truth. This aria was one of the real highlights of the evening."

Irving Spitz, The Jerusalem Post

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Discography

  • Marco Vratogna

    Stiffelio 2007