The 1973 production of Menotti’s Saint of Bleecker Street featured a gentleman who was to become an important force behind the developing Wolf Trap Company: Francis Rizzo (director). This production also featured the professional opera conducting debut of a young man named John Mauceri.
The cast also included young artists Ron Raines (yes, Guiding Light fans, that Ron Raines!) and Richard Harrell (who later became the Director of the San Francisco Opera Center). My friend and colleague Bill Huckaby – who was to become a mainstay of the DC-area music scene for the next two decades – was assistant conductor.