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, Mr. Pisaroni has continued to bring his compelling artistry to the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls, and festivals.
In the 2023-24 season, Mr. Pisaroni makes his house and role debut with Los Angeles Opera as Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He will return to Opéra National de Paris to sing Achilla in Guilio Cesare. Mr. Pisaroni will sing the title role in Don Giovanni with Houston Grand Opera conducted by Dame Jane Glover. In concert, Mr. Pisaroni will sing with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Andrew Manze and Stravinsky’s Pulcincella with San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Pisaroni returned to the Canadian Opera Company to sing the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, traveled to Japan for a house debut at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center as Leporello in Don Giovanni. Mr. Pisaroni returned to Seattle Opera to sing Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and Opéra national de Paris to sing Alidoro in La Cenerentola.Read more
In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Pisaroni returned to Opéra National de Paris conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and the Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. He returned to both San Francisco Opera and the Staatsoper Hamburg as Leporello in Don Giovanni, reprised the role of Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena in a new David Alden production conducted by Enrique Mazzola at Opernhaus Zürich and made his house and role debut at Seattle Opera as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore. In concert, he performed Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Concentus Musicus Wien.
Mr. Pisaroni began his 2020-2021 season with a return to Barcelona to sing Leporello at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Afterwards, he sang the role of Don Rodrigue de Manacor in the world premiere of Dalbavie’s Le Soulier de satin at Opéra National de Paris and reprised the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Staatsoper Hamburg conducted by Kent Nagano (now on DVD), a role he was also scheduled to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Pisaroni was also scheduled to sing Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress at Lyric Opera of Chicago and make his Washington Concert Opera debut in the title role of Rossini’s Maometto II. In concert, Mr. Pisaroni was seen in the live stream of Wiener Sängerknaben’s annual “Christmas in Vienna” concert, as well as the live stream of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Mr. Pisaroni began the 2019-2020 season with a return to the Wiener Staatsoper where he starred as the Four Villains. He then sang the title role of Don Giovanni in a concert staging with the Sinfonieorchester Basel at the George Enescu Festival. In addition, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as both the title role in Le nozze di Figaro and as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. After a successful tour with Il Pomo d’Oro the previous season, Mr. Pisaroni reunited with the ensemble for his role debut as Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando on tour in Europe. He was scheduled to close out the season starring in multiple productions of Don Giovanni, beginning at the Palais Garnier as the title role at Opéra National de Paris, then singing Leporello at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and concluding with the title role at Opernhaus Zürich.
Mr. Pisaroni’s 2019-2020 concert appearances included Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchester Wiener Akademie, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and a concert with I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala at Zaryadye Hall in Moscow. In recital, he 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. Mr. 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.
Mr. Pisaroni’s diverse opera repertoire includes Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande at Opéra National de Paris; Mahomet II in Le Siège de Corinthe at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Méphistophélès in Faust at Houston Grand Opera; Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena at Opernhaus Zürich; Conte Rodolfo in 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 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 Handel’s Radamisto at Santa Fe Opera.
In concert, Mr. Pisaroni has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Royal Festival Hall in London; 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, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the LSO and Michael Tilson-Thomas. 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.
Mr. Pisaroni has recorded for all major labels. His discography includes Don Giovanni and Rinaldo from the Glyndebourne Festival; Le nozze di Figaro with Opéra National de Paris; Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro at 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 lives in Vienna. His golden retriever Lenny 2.0 and miniature dachshund Tristan are the singer’s constant traveling companions.
“Pisaroni dazzled like a pro and sang like a dream. His voice is brawny silk, technically accurate and emotionally on the mark.”
“Mr. Pisaroni sounded terrific, singing with robust tone and informed style.”
“Pisaroni’s…voice is gorgeous, and every word filled with meaning. As clueless as the character of Figaro may be at times, Pisaroni creates one of the most spot-on, lovable Figaros you are likely to encounter on disc.”
“It’s bass Luca Pisaroni who scores the biggest part as Friar Lawrence, and in a deep voice, midwifes a ceasefire between the Capulets and the Montagues.”