Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni has established himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile singers performing today. Since his debut at age 26 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pisaroni has continued to bring his compelling artistry to the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls, and festivals.
Salzburger Festspiele, 2014 Wiener Philharmoniker Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
In autumn of 2020, Luca Pisaroni returned to Gran Teatre del Liceu to star as Leporello in Christof Loy’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Josep Pons. He collaborated with the newly formed Decameron Opera Coalition, a consortium comprised of nine US-based companies and one creative team for the world premiere of Tales from a Safe Distance – a multi-week virtual release, inspired by Boccaccio’s historical text The Decameron. Mr. Pisaroni starred as the host of the project, providing a musical and dramatic prologue & epilogue for this unique work.
In 2021, Pisaroni will debut as Don Rodrigue in the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Le Soulier de satin with Opéra national de Paris. His engagements on the concert stage include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, led by Trevor Pinnock and streamed worldwide on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall. Following this engagement, Pisaroni will make his recital debut in the Global Concert Hall with his “Amore e morte” program featuring pianist Maciej Pikulski at the Casino Baumgarten in Vienna. Additionally, he joins an all-star cast for the opening night concert of the Mozartwoche Salzburg 2021.
In the 2019/20 season, Pisaroni returned to the Wiener Staatsoper to star as the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He sang the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in a concert staging with the Sinfonieorchester Basel at the George Enescu Festival and Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Orchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Pisaroni returned to the Metropolitan Opera for two productions this season: Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro) and Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), marking the first revival of Phelim McDermott’s popular staging inspired by Coney Island.
Pisaroni’s 2019/20 concert appearances included Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchester Wiener Akademie, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with NHK Symphony Orchestra and a concert with I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala at Zaryadye Hall in Moscow. In recital, Luca appeared at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, at The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and at UBC Opera in Vancouver for their “Singer Behind the Song” series. Pisaroni reunited with baritone Thomas Hampson for their acclaimed “No Tenors Allowed” concert series in Provo, Utah, and then at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Performances canceled or rescheduled due to the global pandemic include the title role of Don Giovanni with the Opéra National de Paris and the Opernhaus Zürich, and Leporello at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
In the 2018/19 season, Pisaroni returned to the Teatro Real to sing Méphistophélès in a production of Gounod’s Faust by La fura dels Baus, followed by a role debut as the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. He later made his house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Mustafà in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. Additionally, Mr. Pisaroni returned to The Metropolitan Opera stage for his highly anticipated debut in the title role of Don Giovanni. He then traveled to the Houston Grand Opera for the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, where he created the role of the young Lorenzo da Ponte. Pisaroni debuted Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the Pittsburgh Orchestra, and he returned to the Staatsoper Berlin as Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. His operatic season concluded at the Royal Opera House in his premiere appearances as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen.
Mr. Pisaroni’s diverse repertoire includes portrayals of Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande at the Opéra National de Paris; Mahomet II in Le Siège de Corintheat the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Méphistophélès in Faust at Houston Grand Opera; Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena at Opernhaus Zürich; Conte Rodolfo in Bellini’s La Sonnambula and Mustafà in L’italiana in Algeri at Wiener Staatsoper; Giorgio in I Puritani and Caliban in The Enchanted Island at the Met; Pizarro in Fidelio at Teatro alla Scala; Le nozze di Figaro at Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper; Leporello in Don Giovanni at Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, and at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Glyndebourne and the Salzburg Festival; Conte Dorval in Martin y Soler’s Il Burbero di Buon Cuore at Teatro Real; Maometto in Rossini’s Maometto II at the Canadian Opera Company; and Tiridate in Radamisto at Santa Fe Opera. He sang Argante in Rinaldo at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in Cavalli’s Ercole Amante with De Nederlandse Opera and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas for the Wiener Festwochen.
In concert, Pisaroni has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw at the Laeiszhalle; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Royal Festival Hall; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Gewandhaus and at the Konzerthaus Dortmund with Andris Nelsons; Frère Laurent in Berlioz’Roméo et Juliette with Michael Tilson-Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Franz Welser-Möst; Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle and the Philadelphia Orchestra; Schumann’s Faustszenen with Daniel Harding and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the LSO and Michael Tilson-Thomas. He has also been a featured soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Jaap van Zweden; Mozart’s Requiem with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Brahms’Ein Deutsches Requiem under the baton of Edo de Waart; Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Gewandhausorchester under Herbert Blomstedt; Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, led by Pablo Heras-Casado; Hasse’s I Pellegrini al Sepolcro di Nostro Signore and Cherubini’s Missa Solemnis under Riccardo Muti; Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Daniel Harding; and Testi’s Sacrae Symphoniae with the Orchestre National de Radio France. He regularly collaborates with his father-in-law, baritone Thomas Hampson for their “No Tenors Allowed” program featuring gems of the operatic, musical theater, and American Songbook repertoires, in concert on premiere international stages.
In addition to his extensive opera and concert appearances, Pisaroni has presented critically lauded recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Concertgebouw, Edinburgh Festival, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Vancouver Recital Society, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Pierre Boulez Saal, and the Dortmund Konzerthaus, among other prominent international venues.
Mr. Pisaroni has recorded for all major labels, his discography includes Don Giovanni and Rinaldo from the Glyndebourne Festival; Le nozze di Figaro with the Opéra National de Paris; Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro from the Salzburg Festival; Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with the Wiener Symphoniker, and recordings of Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent releases include Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with the San Francisco Symphony; Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gustavo Gimeno.
In 2019, Luca Pisaroni was honored as one of five recipients of the Opera News Award at a ceremony hosted in New York City. Luca is a Peace Ambassador for the international non-profit organization Opera for Peace, promoting unity through artistic excellence, global collaborations, and social justice endeavors.
Luca lives in Vienna with his wife, Catherine. Their golden retriever Lenny 2.0 and miniature dachshund Tristan are the singer’s constant traveling companions.