Saimir Pirgu

“One of the world’s most important interpreters of lyric tenor roles” – Opera Today

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Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu has performed at and continues a close association with the world’s finest opera houses and festivals including Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Gran teatre del Liceu, Arena di Verona, Salzburger Festspiele.

Saimir enjoys enviable relationships with conductors including Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, and formerly with the late Mariss Jansons and Claudio Abbado (with Abbado he made his opera debut at the age of 22).

This season, Saimir will sing Macduff at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Ruggiero in La rondine at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Opernhaus Zürich, as well make a series of role debuts including the title role of a new production of Les contes d’Hoffmann at Opernhaus Zürich, and Káťa Kabanová at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. On the concert platform, Saimir will appear with the Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg (Gimeno), Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (Gatti), Israel Philharmonic (Lahav Shani), Teatro Massimo di Palermo (Muti).

Future seasons will see Saimir make an series of exciting role debuts, with returns to Staatsoper Berlin, Gran teatre del Liceu, Opernhaus Zürich etc.

In 2009 Saimir was awarded the Franco Corelli Prize of the Teatro delle Muse of Ancona for his performance in La traviata, and in 2013 he was awarded the prestigious “Pavarotti d’Oro”.

The DVD/Blu-Ray recording of Król Roger from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Saimir as Shepherd received a nomination in the Best Opera Recording category at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards 2016.

Saimir has been an ambassador for Down Syndrome Albania, a foundation dedicated to helping children with Down Syndrome, since 2013.