Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni makes his debut with The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season, singing Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro).
Pisaroni was born in Venezuela in 1975. His family moved back to Italy when he was four, and Pisaroni grew up in Busseto, the town where Verdi lived for much of his life. He was introduced to opera by his grandfather, and at the age of 11 determined to become an opera singer. He studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, in Buenos Aires and New York and made his debut in 2002 at the Salzburg Festival, singing Masetto in Don Giovanni under Harnoncourt. It was during these performances he met his future wife Catherine, a web designer and the daughter of American baritone Thomas Hampson.
Pisaroni made his role debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and returned there to sing Caliban in The Enchanted Island. Both productions were broadcast live in HD. He has sung Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro for companies and venues including Paris Opéra and the Salzburg Festival. His other roles include Rossini’s Maometto II, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Pisaroni's two dogs, golden retriever Lenny, and miniature daschund Tristan, accompany the singer on all his travels.
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16 September 2013
The Italian singer on Le nozze di Figaro, idolizing Pavarotti and his career to date.