Friday, May 01, 2015
Saimir Pirgu
Royal Opéra House Covent Garden, London
King Roger

Saimir Pirgu stars in the new production of King Roger
at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London
Antonio Pappano conducting

Saimir Pirgu 

Saimir Pirgu - Shepherd


Born in Albania in 1981,  acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, tenor Saimir Pirgu's career has taken him to the most important music centers worldwide.

The most recent seasons have been marked by foremost successes all round the world, amongst them: La Bohème at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, The Magic Flute at La Scala in Milan, La Traviata at the New York Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and also at the Bayerische Staatsoper, L'Elisir d'Amore at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, as well as at the Vienna Staatsoper, La Clemenza di Tito at the Paris National Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera and Hamburg Opera, Werther at the National Opera in Tirana, Rigoletto at the Arena in Verona and at the Zurich Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Bavarian State Opera, Idomeneo at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Macbeth at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini at the Theater an der Wien.

Equally praised for his concert appearances, he is widely acknowledged for his interpretations of the Verdi Requiem, foremost being at the Salzburg Festival and in Chicago with Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic, at the Musikverein in Vienna and in Munich with Mariss Jansons and the Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia of Santa Cecilia orchestra. Other notable recent concert and symphonic engagements include: Rossini's La Petite Messe Solennelle at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the Théâtre des Champas Elysées in Paris with Daniele Gatti, the New Year's Concert 2013 at the Theater La Fenice in Venice, Dvořák's Stabat Mater in Graz at the Styriarte Festival with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Berlioz's Messe Solennelle at the Musikverein with Riccardo Muti and at the Vienna Philharmonic. Mr. Pirgu has also been heard at the Auditorium Lingotto in Torino with Claudio Abbado, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Peter Schneider.

In 2009, he was honored with the Franco Corelli Prize bestowed by the Theater of the Muses in Ancona, for his interpretation of the role of Alfredo in La Traviata.

In 2013 Saimir Pirgu became the youngest winner of the prestigious “Golden Pavarotti Award”.

Plans include:  Rigoletto, La Traviata at the Royal Opera House in London; Macbeth and La Bohème at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor and La Clemenza di Tito in Toulouse; La Traviata in Berlin; Un Ballo in Maschera in Tel Aviv; Don Giovanni at the Arena in Verona and in Vienna where he will star also in Rigoletto and L'Elisir d'Amore; Falstaff in Chicago, Muti conducting. On the concert side Mr. Pirgu will sing Requiem op.5 by Berlioz with the Orchestre du Capitole of Toulouse on tour in Vienna, Mozart’s Requiem in Amsterdam and Verdi’s Requiem in Luxembourg, at the Salle Pleyel and a series of concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Since 2013 Saimir Pirgu has been an ambassador for Down Syndrome Albania, a foundation for helping children afflicted with Down syndrome.

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