Luca Pisaroni


The Italian bass-baritone has established himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile singers performing today. He is known for his portrayals of Figaro (Met, San Francisco, Vienna, Salzburg, Santa Fe, Paris), Leporello (Met, Madrid, Baden-Baden, CD), and Guglielmo (Glyndebourne, Salzburg DVD). He debuted as Mozart’s Count in Houston in 2011 and reprised his portrayal earlier this year in San Francisco and Salzburg. Pisaroni has premiered two new Met productions, The Enchanted Island and Don Giovanni (both seen in HD). He has also won praise in bel canto repertoire (Maometto Secondo, Santa Fe; Anna Bolena, Vienna, Zürich; Cinderella, Met; La donna del lago, Salzburg) and in Baroque music (Radamisto, Santa Fe; Rinaldo, Glyndebourne, DVD; Ercole Amante, Amsterdam, DVD). Pisaroni considers any new operatic role carefully: “You cannot just sing Mozart and the Baroque till you’re 40, then start singing Verdi the day you turn 40. It’s a marathon, not the 100 meters! I’d rather do things a little bit later rather than too soon and not be up to par. If I start singing Verdi in ten years’ time, I’ll still have 15 years in which to sing those roles. Right now I can enjoy working with my teacher on, say, Simon Boccanegra, knowing that when I come back to it I’ll be on the right path.” Concerts have brought Pisaroni to the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia. He has earned acclaim in recitals at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Previously at Lyric Opera: Count Almaviva/The Marriage of Figaro (2015|16); Argante/Rinaldo (2011|12).

Last updated: September 26, 2015
Photo: Catherine Pisaroni