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Saimir Pirgu


  • Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu is regarded as one of the world's most important interpreters of lyric tenor roles and appears regularly at the most prestigious opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and Bayerische Staatsoper, in addition to maintaining strong relationships with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta and Sir Antonio Pappano.

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  • This 2023/24 season highlights include Pinkerton Madama Butterfly at Teatro di San Carlo, title role Idomeneo at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Don José Carmen at Opernhaus Zurich and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Il Duca di Mantova Rigoletto and Rodolfo La bohème. This summer, Pirgu will appear at the Edinburgh International Festival as Don José Carmen and at the Roma Caracalla Festival in his role debut as Mario Cavaradossi Tosca.

    Recent highlights include his role debut as title role in Ernani at Bregenz Festival, the title role in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at Zurich Opernhaus, Rodolfo La bohème at Wiener Staatsoper, Lenskij in Evgenij Onegin at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and title role Faust at Zurich Opernhaus. On the concert stage, highlights include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 at Staatsoper Unter den Linden with Daniel Barenboim, Bruckner Te Deum at Osterfestspiele Salzburg with Christian Thielemann and Puccini Messa di Gloria at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano.

    In 2009 Pirgu 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. The same year, Pirgu released his most recent solo album “Il Mio Canto” with Opus Arte. He presented the CD in a world tour that led him to Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Florence and Tirana.

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

    2023/24 season / 354 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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'Vocally full of power and passion, Pirgu is gripping in his quiet moments but when he needs to deliver full chest notes they come with room to spare and tone to die for.'

London Unattached, January 2024

'Saimir Pirgu is a Pinkerton in dazzling form: voice with remarkable ring, fascinating timbre, full-bodied centres and timbral high notes, phrasing, especially in Act III, nuanced'

The Musical Bee, September 2023

'Saimir Pirgu, was strong of voice but also a tremendous actor. Albanian tenor Pirgu has all the requisite strength, but also demonstrates a phenomenal high register. To have Pirgu was a treat indeed.'

Seen and Heard, October 2021

Intermusica represents Saimir Pirgu worldwide.

Nathan Morrison
Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9923

LeOui van Rensburg
Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 (0) 7548 315 903

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HK Gruber


Tim Mead


Richard Egarr

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Roger Vignoles


Jess Gillam


Avery Amereau