Saimir Pirgu (c) Paul Scala
Saimir Pirgu (c) Paul Scala
Worldwide representation ex Italy

Saimir Pirgu figures among the brightest stars in today’s international operatic firmament. He has been celebrated at every major international operatic venue, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Opéra de Paris, the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opernhaus Zurich, the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the San Francisco Opera, and the Arena di Verona. His current main roles include Werther, Faust (Gounod/Berlioz), Roméo, Don José, Hoffmann, Duca, Gabriele Adorno, Riccardo, Rodolfo (La Bohème) and Pinkerton. He will expand his repertoire to include roles like Rodolfo (Luisa Miller) and Don Carlo in the future.

In the 2019/20 season he will appear in La Bohème at Los Angeles Opera and the Vienna State Opera, in Carmen at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro San Carlo of Naples and in Faust in Melbourne and Zurich. Furthermore he will sing Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Lensky in Eugene Onegin at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. He will sing recitals in Taiwan and Paris.

Important highlights of the last few years include Duca (Rigoletto) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera and at Opernhaus Zurich, Alfredo (La Traviata) at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Staatsoper Berlin and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) in Tel Aviv under the baton of Zubin Mehta and at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) at the Vienna State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Tito (La clemenza di Tito) at the Opéra National de Paris, Rodolfo (La Bohème) and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at Opernhaus Zurich, Werther at the New National Theatre Tokyo, La Damnation de Faust at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Duca (Rigoletto) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at the Arena di Verona, Sheperd (Król Roger) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Sydney Opera House and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Salzburg Festival, at the Musikverein Wien, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.

He has worked with many of the most important conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, James Conlon, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Noseda and Tugan Sokhiev, as well as with directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Woody Allen, Peter Stein, Graham Vick, Willy Decker, Deborah Warner, Luca Ronconi, Kasper Holten, David McVicar, Ferzan Ozpetek, Mario Martone, Michael Haneke and Robert Carsen.

In 2013 Mr. Pirgu was awarded the prestigious „Pavarotti d’Oro“.

Mr. Pirgu studied voice with Vito Maria Brunetti at the Conservatorio Claudio Monteverdi in Bolzano and perfected his technique with Luciano Pavarotti. At the age of 22 he was chosen by Claudio Abbado for the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte in Ferrara, the same role with which, he would become the youngest singer ever to debut in a principal role at the Salzburg Festival, under the musical direction of Philippe Jordan in 2014.


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