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
Luca Pisaroni begins the 2019/20 season with a return to the Wiener Staatsoper to star as the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He then sings the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanniin a concert staging with the Sinfonieorchester Basel at the George Enescu Festival. Pisaroni returns 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. After a successful tour with Il Pomo d’Oro last season, Pisaroni reunites with the ensemble for his role debut as Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando on tour in Europe. He closes out the season starring in multiple productions of Don Giovanni, beginning at the Palais Garnier as the title role with the Opéra National de Paris, singing Leporello at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and concluding with the title role at Opernhaus Zürich.
Pisaroni’s 2019/20 concert appearances include Mozart’s Requiemwith 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 will appear 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 reunites with baritone Thomas Hampson for their acclaimed “No Tenors Allowed” concert series in Provo, Utah, and then at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
In the 2018/19 season, Pisaroni returned to the Teatro Real to sing Méphistophélès in a production of Gounod’sFaustby La fura dels Baus, followed by a role debut as the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmannat 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 Faustwith 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 Faustat Houston Grand Opera; Enrico VIII in Anna Bolenaat Opernhaus Zürich; Conte Rodolfo in Bellini’sLa Sonnambulaand Mustafà in L’italiana in Algeri at Wiener Staatsoper; Giorgio in I Puritaniand Caliban in The Enchanted Islandat the Met; Pizarro in Fidelioat Teatro alla Scala; Le nozze di Figaroat Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper; Leporello in Don Giovanniat 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 Cuoreat Teatro Real; Maometto in Rossini’s Maometto IIat the Canadian Opera Company; and Tiridate in Radamistoat Santa Fe Opera. He sang Argante in Rinaldoat Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in Cavalli’s Ercole Amante with De Nederlandse Opera and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneasfor the Wiener Festwochen.
In concert, Pisaroni has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsawat the Laeiszhalle; Rossini’sPetite Messe Solennelleat 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 Juliettewith Michael Tilson-Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Verdi’s Messa da Requiemwith the Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeitenunder the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Franz Welser-Möst; Schumann’sDas Paradies und die Periwith Sir Simon Rattle and the Philadelphia Orchestra; Schumann’s Faustszenenwith 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 Requiemwith Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Brahms’Ein Deutsches Requiemunder 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’sSacrae Symphoniaewith 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 includesDon GiovanniandRinaldofrom the Glyndebourne Festival;Le nozze di Figarowith the Opéra National de Paris; Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figarofrom the Salzburg Festival; Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with the Wiener Symphoniker, and recordings of Don Giovanniand 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 lives in Vienna with his wife, Catherine. Their golden retriever Lenny 2.0 and miniature dachshund Tristan are the singer’s constant traveling companions.