Italian baritone Marco Vratogna made his Royal Opera debut in 2008 as Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) and has since sung Amonasro (Aida) and Scarpia (Tosca) for The Royal Opera.
Vratogna was born in La Spezia and studied at the Puccini Conservatory. He made his professional debut as Stankar (Stiffelio) in Trieste in 2000. He has since gone on to win acclaim for his performances in Verdi. Engagements include Nabucco and Amonasro at the Arena di Verona, Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West) with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ezio (Attila) at La Scala, Milan, Renato (Un ballo in maschera) in Dresden, Teatro Real, Madrid, Frankfurt and Genoa, Iago (Otello) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Israeli Opera, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Parma and San Francisco, Rigoletto in Tokyo, Limoges, Seattle and San Francisco, Macbeth at the Arena di Verona, Modena, Frankfurt and Stockholm, Gérard (Andrea Chénier) in Berlin, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Vienna State Opera and Scarpia at La Scala and Turin.
Vratogna's discography includes Stiffelio for Dynamic.
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Due to ill health, the Italian baritone replaces Thomas Hampson in all scheduled performances of Baron Scarpia.