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Saimir Pirgu
Saimir Pirgu
(born 23 September 1981 in Elbasan) is an Albanian international opera singer (tenor).[1] In 2014 he was awarded the Italian citizenship by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Honors and awards 3 Repertoire 4 Discography 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] He graduated in singing at the Conservatory Claudio Monteverdi
Claudio Monteverdi
in Bolzano
Bolzano
(Italy)[2] where he studied with Vito Maria Brunetti. At the age of 22 he was discovered by Claudio Abbado
Claudio Abbado
who chose him to play the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte. He collaborates with the most prestigious theaters and musical institutions in the world as: Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala
in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera
Opera
House, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, Berlin State Opera
Opera
and Deutsche Oper, Salzburg Festival, Vienna Musikverein, Bayerische Rundfunks in Munich, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.[citation needed] He has been directed by Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti.[citation needed] He worked with 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.[citation needed] Among his last appearances are: La damnation de Faust
La damnation de Faust
at Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, Rigoletto
Rigoletto
and King Roger
King Roger
at Royal Opera
Opera
House London, La traviata
La traviata
at Metropolitan Opera
Opera
New York, Santa Fe Opera
Opera
and Berlin State Opera, The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute
at Teatro alla Scala, L'elisir d'amore
L'elisir d'amore
at Vienna State Opera
Opera
and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor
at Los Angeles Opera, La traviata
La traviata
and I Capuleti e i Montecchi
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
at San Francisco Opera, La bohème
La bohème
and Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor
at Washington National Opera, Un ballo in maschera
Un ballo in maschera
in Tel Aviv, La clemenza di Tito at the Opéra national de Paris, Rigoletto
Rigoletto
at the Arena di Verona and Vienna State Opera, La bohème
La bohème
at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Mozart's Requiem at Symphony Center
Symphony Center
Chicago, Verdi's Requiem at Salzburg Festival, Vienna Musikverein, Bayerische Rundfunks in Munich, Pilharmonie de Paris and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.[citation needed] Pirgu won the first prize in the international competitions Caruso in Milan in 2002 and Tito Schipa
Tito Schipa
in Lecce
Lecce
in the same year. He was recognized with the Franco Corelli
Franco Corelli
award in 2009 in Ancona (Italy) and with the prestigious "Pavarotti d'Oro Award" in 2013.[citation needed] In December 2015, he released his album Il Mio Canto, edited by Opus Arte.[3] Pirgu made his debut with Opera
Opera
Australia in 2017 as Shepherd in Szymanowski's King Roger
King Roger
at the Sydney Opera
Opera
House.[4] Honors and awards[edit]

2002: First Prize at "Caruso" competition (Milan) 2002: First Prize at "Tito Schipa" competition (Lecce) 2004: "Eberhard-Waechter-Gesangsmedaille" Award (Vienna) 2009: "Franco Corelli" Award (Ancona) 2013: "Golden Pavarotti" Award 2016: "Çelësit të Qytetit" ("The Key of the City"), an honor of the capital of Albania, Tirana.

Repertoire[edit]

Giuseppe Verdi

Il Duca di Mantova – Rigoletto Alfredo Germont: La traviata Macduff – Macbeth Fenton – Falstaff Gabriele Adorno – Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra
(2017, Teatro alla Scala) Tenor
Tenor
– Requiem

Gaetano Donizetti

Nemorino – L'elisir d'amore Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood – Lucia di Lammermoor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Idomeneo – Idomeneo re di Creta Tito Vespasiano – La clemenza di Tito Don Ottavio – Don Giovanni Tamino – Die Zauberflöte Ferrando – Così fan tutte Tenor
Tenor
– Requiem

Jules Massenet

Le chevalier des Grieux – Manon Werther
Werther
– Werther

Charles Gounod

Roméo – Roméo et Juliette Faust
Faust
– Faust

Giacomo Puccini

Rodolfo – La Bohème Rinuccio – Gianni Schicchi Tenor
Tenor
– Messa di Gloria Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton – Madama Butterfly

Vincenzo Bellini

Tebaldo – I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Jacques Offenbach

Hoffmann – Les contes d'Hoffmann

Gioachino Rossini

Il cavalier Belfiore – Il viaggio a Reims Tenor
Tenor
– Petite messe solennelle

Franco Alfano

Christian – Cyrano de Bergerac

Vicente Martín y Soler

Giocondo – Il burbero di buon cuore

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Paolo – Francesca da Rimini

Karol Szymanowski

Shepherd – Król Roger

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Godefroy de Vaudémont – Iolanta

Igor Stravinsky

Tenor
Tenor
– Pulcinella

Joseph Haydn

Tenor
Tenor
– Die Schöpfung

Antonín Dvořák

Tenor
Tenor
– Stabat Mater

Hector Berlioz

Faust
Faust
– La Damnation de Faust Tenor
Tenor
– Requiem Tenor
Tenor
– Messe solennelle

Discography[edit]

Il mio canto (Opus Arte), 2015, CD Szymanowski: Król Roger
Król Roger
(Royal Opera
Opera
House, staged by Kasper Holten, May 2015) Opus Arte, 2015, DVD/Blu-ray La traviata
La traviata
(Teatro di San Carlo, staged by Ferzan Özpetek, Dec 2012) CG Entertainment, 2015, Pal DVD Operngala (Naxos), 2015, Live CD G. Verdi – Rigoletto
Rigoletto
(Zürich Opernhaus 2014), 2015, DVD G. Verdi – Requiem ( Vienna Musikverein
Vienna Musikverein
2013), 2014, DVD Blu-ray G. Verdi – Requiem (München, Bayerische Rundfunk 2013), 2014, CD V. Bellini – I Capuleti e i Montecchi
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
(San Francisco Opera
Opera
2012), 2014, DVD Blu-ray New Year's Concert 2013 (Venice, Teatro la Fenice 2013), 2014, DVD Blu-ray W. A. Mozart – Die Zauberflöte
Die Zauberflöte
(Milan, Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala
2011), 2012, DVD Blu-ray G. Puccini – La bohème
La bohème
im Hochhaus (Live from Berne, Switzerland, 2009), 2010, DVD W. A. Mozart – Idomeneo (Graz, styriarte 2008), 2009, DVD G. Verdi – La traviata
La traviata
(Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Belgium 2009) 2009, DVD V. Martín y Soler – Il burbero di buon cuore (Madrid, Teatro Real 2007) 2009, DVD V. Martín y Soler – Il burbero di buon cuore (Madrid, Teatro Real 2007) 2013, CD Ramon Carnicer – Elena e Costantino (Madrid, Teatro Real
Teatro Real
2005) 2009, CD G. Rossini – La cambiale di matrimonio
La cambiale di matrimonio
(Rossini Opera
Opera
Festival 2006) 2008, DVD G. Rossini – La cambiale di matrimonio
La cambiale di matrimonio
(Rossini Opera
Opera
Festival 2006) 2007, CD Opera
Opera
Night ( Opera
Opera
Cologne, for the German AIDS Foundation, 2005), 2006 DVD Angelo Casto e Bel (Universal), 2006, CD

References[edit]

^ Gurewitsch, Matthew (2013-03-08). "The Tenor
Tenor
Saimir Pirgu
Saimir Pirgu
Hits His Stride". The New York Times.  ^ "Ein Sängerleben ist nicht so einfach" by Daniel Ender, Der Standard (9 December 2010) (in German) ^ Opus Arte, Saimir Pirgu: Il Mio Canto  ^ "Sydney Festival: Opera
Opera
Australia stages King Roger, its first opera in Polish" by Elissa Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 January 2017

External links[edit]

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 7112955 LCCN: no2004118236 ISNI: 0000 0001 1932 0889 GND: 135410614 BNF:

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