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Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni has a dramatic 2012 in store – but first, a little of his history. Having made his debut aged 26 at the Salzburg Festival, Pisaroni went on to become seemingly everybody’s Figaro of choice for the 2010-2011 season, taking the role for the San Francisco Opera, Opéra de Paris and the Vienna State Opera. In 2011, he reprised his much-praised Glyndebourne 2010 performance as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Baden-Baden Opera Gala alongside an all-star cast including Joyce DiDonato and Rolando Villazón, as well as for the Metropolitan Opera. He also treated Glyndebourne 2011 to a majestic portrayal of Argante, the King of Jerusalem, in Handel’s Rinaldo.

This December and January see him tackling Caliban – flanking DiDonato and Plácido Domingo – in The Enchanted Island, the Met’s own tableau of music by various baroque composers, before he once again embraces Argante for the Chicago Lyric Opera in February. Spring heralds a return to Figaro in Munich and Vienna, while summer brings a new challenge – the title role in Rossini’s Maometto II at Santa Fe Opera, in a world premiere of the score’s new critical edition. His Caliban, in particular, should be a delight: ‘I love to play the crazy, evil and broken characters,’ he says, ‘and Caliban is a monster.’

Somehow, the Venezuela-born singer – who was brought up in Busseto, Italy – still finds time to kick back and relax at home in Vienna with his wife and their two dogs, golden retriever Lenny and miniature dachshund Tristan, who have become mini celebrities in their own right via Pisaroni’s dog blog. (Aw.)

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Next Performances

San Francisco Opera

Le Nozze di Figaro / Count

JUN 14, 18, 21, 24

Davies Symphony Hall

Fidelio / Don Fernando

JUN 25, 26

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24 April 2015

Debuts in San Francisco

Debuts in San Francisco

Luca Pisaroni looks forward to several performances in San Francisco this summer, beginning as the bass soloist for the music from Stravinsky’s lively ballet Pulcinella. Mr. Pisaroni makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas in these performances, alongside mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell and tenor Matthew Newlin. Concerts take place at Davies Symphony Hall May 14 & 15, with a program that also includes Cage’s The Seasons and violinist Janine Jansen playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.


16 March 2015

Anna Bolena – Debut in Zürich and a return to Vienna

Anna Bolena – Debut in Zürich and a return to Vienna

Luca Pisaroni makes his highly anticipated house debut at the Opernhaus Zürich on March 20, as Enrico VIII in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Mr. Pisaroni previously sang the role to great acclaim with the Wiener Staatsoper, both in Vienna and on tour in Tokyo. He is joined by a remarkable cast in Zürich, including Anna Netrebko in the title role, Veronica Simeoni as Jane Seymour, and Ismael Jordi as Lord Percy. Andriy Yurkevych leads the Philharmonia Zürich and Chor der Oper Zürich for this production, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco. Performances take place at the Hauptbühne Opernhaus, on March 20, 24 & 29 and April 2


11 February 2015

Classical Action Recital

Classical Action Recital

Hot on the heels of his “vibrant” performances as Leporello at The Met, Luca Pisaroni will once again be featured as part of Classical Action’s Michael Palm Recital Series, on February 19 in New York City. Pianist Craig Terry, Music Director of the Ryan Opera Center joins Luca for this special performance. The series, which is now in its eleventh season, features house concerts and salon evenings highlighting acclaimed artists from various musical genres, who donate their time to support fundraising efforts for persons battling HIV/AIDS and many other critical illnesses. The late Michael Palm was a benefactor of Classical Action, and these recitals are given in his memory. Get tickets now

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