Italian tenor Giorgio Berrugi made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as the Italian Singer (Der Rosenkavalier).
Berrugi trained first as a clarinettist and won several international prizes as both a soloist and as a member of the Alban Berg Duo while also playing with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma. He began training as a singer in 2007, and soon after made his debut as Rodolfo (La bohème) for La Fenice, Venice. He was a member of the ensemble of Dresden Semperoper 2010–13, where his roles included Don José (Carmen), Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Gennaro (Henze’s Gisela!, world premiere). Opera engagements elsewhere include Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) for Arena di Verona, Rodolfo (Luisa Miller) for Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Piacenza, Rodolfo (La bohème) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Teatro Verdi, Salerno, and Oviedo Opera, Cavaradossi for Marseille Opera, Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) for La Scala, Milan, Dresden Semperoper and in Hong Kong on tour with Teatro Regio, Turin, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Teatro Massimo and Macduff (Macbeth) for Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia.
Berrugi regularly performs in concert, in such venues as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and the Wigmore Hall. Concert engagements include Verdi’s Requiem in Palermo, Lucerne, Salerno, Manchester, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and with Filarmonica della Scala and Zubin Mehta.