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Rosenblatt Recitals

Dear subscriber,

We start the second half of our 2014/15 season in February with a much anticipated recital by Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu. No stranger to the Rosenblatt Recital series, Saimir made his Rosenblatt Recital debut in 2004. At only thirty-three, Saimir is quickly rising through the ranks of the operatic world. Described by Opera Today as 'one of the world’s most important interpreters of lyric tenor roles', legend of the opera world Plácido Domingo also sings his praises saying: ‘His technique is superb, and the lyric quality of his voice is so beautiful.’

Saimir Pirgu


Saimir Pirgu Tenor

Simon Lepper Pianist

» Tuesday 10 February, 7.30pm
» Wigmore Hall
» TICKETS £15, £20, £25, £30

‘…his singing sounds spontaneous and unforced, graced by an intuitive play of light and shade and a silken touch.’
New York Times

Saimir has sung in all the major opera houses, including Vienna, La Scala, the Met and the Royal Opera House where he appeared only last year as the Duke of Mantua alongside Simon Keenlyside in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Saimir Pirgu

Originally studying the violin whilst growing up in Albania, Saimir took an interest in opera after catching a rare live TV broadcast of The Three Tenors. He left Albania at the age of nineteen to study in Italy under Vito Brunetti and soon showed his talent. In an interview with Seen and Heard International last year, Saimir recalls telling his operatic idols Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti when he eventually met them: ‘Listen guys, it’s your fault that I’m a tenor! If I hadn’t seen you perform together, I’d probably still be a violinist or a conductor or something else.’

This Seen and Heard interview gives a great insight into Saimir, his personality and his life as an opera singer. Click here to read the interview in full.

During his formative years in Italy, Saimir won several prestigious competitions including the coveted Enrico Caruso competition in Milan, followed by the Tito Schipa Competition in Lecce. At only twenty-three he was chosen by Claudio Abbado to sing the role of the Ferrando in Così fan tutte - fittingly disguised as an Albanian.

To close the first half of his Wigmore Hall recital, Saimir will sing the aria “Fuor del Mar” from Mozart’s Idomeneo. Watch him perform this aria from the 2008 Styriarte Festival Graz:

Saimir Pirgu sings Fuor del Mar

Saimir has his own YouTube channel. To watch more videos of him in action, click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaimirPirgu/videos

Book now: Call the Wigmore Hall Box Office on 020 7935 2141 or book online at www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

We do hope you can join us.

With best wishes from everyone at Rosenblatt Recitals

A reminder of the recitals still to come in the second half of our season!

In March Italian baritone Simone Piazzola, a leading prospect from the next generation of opera stars, joins us for his London recital debut while one of the generation’s finest young British singers, Ben Johnson, makes his return to the Rosenblatt Recitals in April. In May we see Jessica Pratt, a soprano who is quickly becoming one of today’s foremost interpreters of bel canto’s most challenging repertoire, followed by a rare London appearance in June to round-off the 2014/15 season by one of today’s leading spinto tenors, Marcello Giordani.

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