Saimir Pirgu - Tenor - W Print

Saimir Pirgu figures among the brightest stars in today’s international operatic firmament and has been celebrated at every major international operatic venue, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Paris Opéra, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Berlin Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper, the Zurich Opera, Barcelona’s Liceu, the San Francisco Opera, the Sydney Opera House, the Arena di Verona, the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Musikverein and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

He graduated in singing at the Conservatory Claudio Monteverdi in Bolzano where he studied with Vito Maria Brunetti.  Pirgu won the first prize in the International Competitions "Caruso" in Milan in 2002 and "Tito Schipa" in Lecce in the same year. He was recognized with the "Franco Corelli" award in 2009 in Ancona and with the prestigious "Pavarotti d'Oro Award" in 2013.

His recent successes include La Damnation de Faust at Moscow Bolshoi Theatre; Rigoletto and King Roger at London Royal Opera House; La Traviata at Metropolitan Opera in New York, Santa Fe Opera and Berlin State Opera; Die Zauberflöte at Teatro alla Scala; L'elisir d'amore at Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New National Theatre in Tokyo;  Lucia di Lammermoor at Los Angeles Opera and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; La Traviata and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at San Francisco Opera; La Bohème and Lucia di Lammermoor at Washington National Opera; Un Ballo in Maschera in Tel Aviv; La Clemenza di Tito at Opéra National de Paris; Rigoletto at the Arena di Verona, Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; La Bohème at Gran Teatre del Liceu; King Roger at Sydney Opera House; Mozart's Requiem at Chicago Symphony Center; Verdi's Requiem at Salzburg Festival, Vienna Musikverein, Bayerische Rundfunks in Munich, Pilharmonie de Paris and Amsterdam Concertgebouw; Madama Butterfly at Zürich Opernhaus; Simon Boccanegra at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; Roméo et Juliette and Macbeth at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Rigoletto and a new production of La Traviata in Paris; Don José in Carmen and 9th Symphony of Beethoven under Zubin Mehta; Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera for the opening night of the season at the Teatro Regio in Parma; La Traviata and La Damnation de Faust in Vienna; Mozart's Requiem in Chicago with Riccardo Muti; Werther in Tokyo; Verdi's Requiem with the Rai Orchestra in Turin; 

Pirgu has collaborated with eminent conductors Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Tugan Sokhiev and directors Franco Zeffirelli, Woody Allen, Peter Stein, Graham Vick, Willy Decker, Deborah Warner, Luca Ronconi, Kasper Holten, David McVicar, Ferzan Ozpetek, Mario Martone, Michael Haneke, Robert Carsen.

His last album Il Mio Canto, edited by Opus Arte, features many of the greatest tenor arias ever composed. The release, pays tribute to the art form he is dedicating his career to, the tradition of the great Italian Tenor.

Plans include: Madama Butterfly in Naples;  La Damnation de Faust in Birmingham;  L'elisir d'amore in Wien; Berlioz's Requiem at the Musikverein in Vienna; Gounod's Faust (role debut) for Opera Australia ; Lucia di Lammermoor in London; Faust and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (role debut) in Zurich; Las Bohème in Los Angeles; Evgenij Onegin at the Opera in Rome; Carmen in Berlin; La Traviata in Athens.

April 2019





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