In the Press

By Sebastian Spreng
Since his 2001 professional debut, Luca Pisaroni has made headlines in the musical press around the world. The Italian opera singer won the “Newcomer of the Season” medal of the Vienna State Opera and kicked off a flourishing international career. Regarded as one of the best bass-baritones of our time, he made his mark in Mozart and Händel. His Figaro, especially, has created a sensation from Paris and Vienna to the Metropolitan Opera and  Santa Fe, and was particularly noted in Mozart’s hometown at the venerable Salzburg Festival.

- South Florida Classical Review

Next Performances

Teatro alla Scala

Don Giovanni / Leporello

MAY 6, 9, 12, 14, 17, 19, 28, 31 JUN 3, 6

Gewandhaus

Concert

JUN 18

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In the Press

1 October 2013

Opera Now

A Life in Exile

A Life in Exile

In June 1832, 18-year-old Giuseppe Verdi applied for a place at Milan’s music conservatory. Eight days following his audition, he was turned down on account of his ‘erratic’ keyboard technique, and the fact that he had exceeded the admission age quota. We know all this because, 48 years later, still baffled, he bitterly recounted the events to an Italian journalist.

Verdi got his revenge in the end: at the twilight of his career as the reigning patriarch of Italian opera, the Milan conservatory ingratiatingly offered to rename itself in his honour, to which he responded, ‘You didn’t need me as a young man, so you don’t need me now that I’m old and tired.’ (The conservatory eventually had the last word in the matter: it later changed its name to ‘Conservatorio G Verdi di Milano’ without the maestro’s blessing.) 

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