Saimir Pirgu releases solo album
Saimir Pirgu releases his debut solo album on the Opus Arte label, Il Mio Canto featuring many of the greatest tenor arias ever composed. The release pays tribute to the art form he is dedicating his career to, the tradition of the great Italian Tenor. As a protégé of legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Pirgu’s training in Italy has shaped his artistry and the repertoire he’s sung in all the major international opera houses. Il Mio Canto explores the Italian and French operas that great Italian tenors such as Pavarotti made their own. The album release will be followed by a worldwide tour, including performances in Florence, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and New York.
Madama Butterfly at Zurich Opernhaus
Saimir Pirgu comes back to Zurich Opernhaus for the debut in the role of Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton in a new production of Madama Butterfly. Performances on 10,14,17,20,23,26,29 December & 1,5,7,10 January 2018. Daniele Rustioni conducts.
"Tenor From the Dark Side of the Moon" - The New York Times
"His singing sounds spontaneous and unforced, graced by an intuitive play of light and shade and a silken touch".
In this article, The New York Times retraces the salient features of Saimir Pirgu's life and career.
Grammy Awards 2017 Nominee
Saimir Pirgu's "King Roger", performed at London Royal Opera House, is nominated at Grammy Awards 2017 as "Best Recording Opera". Antonio Pappano conductor, Kasper Holten director, label Opus Arte.
On the Cover of "L'Opera" international magazine
April issue cover of international magazine "L'Opera" is dedicated to last Saimir Pirgu's production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples (March 2017).