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.
Salzburger Festspiele, 2014 Wiener Philharmoniker Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Recent engagements include his debut as Don Rodrigue in the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Le Soulier de satin with Opéra national de Paris, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Wiener Staatsoper, Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, as well as Don Giovanni (title role) Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro) and Così fan tutte (Guglielmo) at the Metropolitan Opera.
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, Mahomet II in Le Siège de Corinthe at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena at Opernhaus Zürich; 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, 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 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 as well as the NHK Symphony under Simone Young; 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. 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, 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; 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.
Luca Pisaroni is a recipient of the Opera News Award and 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. Golden retriever Lenny 2.0 and miniature dachshund Tristan are the singer’s constant traveling companions.