Following a series of performances in the U.S., Luca Pisaroni returns to Europe this summer for the first of several engagements. He sings Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Concentus Musicus Wien at the Musikverein on May 28, 29 & 30, with conductor Diego Fasolis. The concerts also feature soprano Genia Kühmeier, mezzo-soprano Wiebke Lehmkuhl, and tenor Steve Davislim, with the Arnold Schoenberg Chor. The artists then travel to Hamburg for a performance of Beethoven 9, given in memory of Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the 2nd Hamburg International Music Festival, on June 1.

Pisaroni reunites with his father-in-law, acclaimed baritone Thomas Hampson, for a Gala Concert in Wolfsburg on June 4. The performance, accompanied by pianist Christian Koch, is featured as part of the Theater’s 100th Anniversary celebration, as a highlight of the Soli Deo Gloria Festival. Following this event Luca returns to Vienna on June 9, in recital at the Wiener Konzerthaus. He presents works by Bellini, Rossini, Tosti, Gershwin and more, with pianist Maciej Pikulski.

Luca is also a featured soloist at this year’s Red Ribbon Celebration Concert, hosted by Life Ball, on June 10 at Vienna’s Burgtheater. Mr. Pisaroni has performed at this annual benefit concert on several occassions, and sings alongside a starry group of colleagues including Thomas Hampson, Thomas Hampson, Juan Diego Flórez, Yusif Eyvazov, Marina Rebeka, Dianne Warwick, and many others. Martin Haselböck leads the Orchester Wiener Akademie for this not-to-be-missed evening; tickets and more information are available via the Burgtheater online.

Image: Catherine Pisaroni