Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni has established himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile singers performing today. Since his debut 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 and concert halls.
Recent engagements include his debut as Dr. Dulcamara in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore at Seattle Opera, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro alla Scala, Leporello in Don Giovanni at San Francisco Opera, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Opéra National de Paris and Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena at Opernhaus Zürich.
Mr. Pisaroni’s diverse repertoire includes portrayals of Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande at the Opéra National de Paris and Staatsoper Berlin, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust at Teatro Real and Houston Grand Opera, Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the Pittsburgh Orchestra, Don Rodrigue in the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Le Soulier de satin with Opéra national de Paris, Mahomet II in Le Siège de Corinthe at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; the young Lorenzo da Ponte in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix at Houston Grand Opera, 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 and Orchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin; 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 and Salzburg Festival; 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; Argante in Rinaldo at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the title role in Cavalli’s Ercole Amante with De Nederlandse Opera.
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 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 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; and Testi’s Sacrae Symphoniae with the Orchestre National de Radio France.
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, Zaryadye Hall in Moscow, 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; Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro from the Salzburg Festival; Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with the Wiener Symphoniker, recordings of Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Mariss Jansons. Recent releases include Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Kent Nagano, Agrippina with Il Pomo d’Oro, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with the San Francisco Symphony and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gustavo Gimeno.
Luca lives in Vienna. Golden retriever Lenny 2.0 and miniature dachshund Tristan are the singer’s constant traveling companions.