13 August 2017 Share

Saimir Pirgu: «Only the very best artists for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony»

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INTERVIEW –  Mr. Pirgu has already performed in the Arena in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto, while this year he is the tenor soloist for the Gala concert: «The Ninth Symphony is a musical miracle and the vocal quartet must give their very best in order to do it justice» –

Tuesday,  August 15th, 2017, the Arena of Verona will host the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Gala under the musical direction of Maestro Daniel Oren, with the participation of soprano Erika Grimaldi, contralto Daniela Barcellona, tenor Saimir Pirgu, bass Ugo Guagliardo, and the Orchestra and Chorus (the latter conducted by Maestro Vito Lombardi) of the Arena of Verona.

2015, Arena, Don Giovanni (Foto Ennevi, Fondazione Arena)

2015, Arena, Don Giovanni (Foto Ennevi, Fondazione Arena)

Opera Arena Magazine has interviewed Saimir Pirgu, one of the brightest stars of the international opera firmament. The artist, who has already performed in Verona in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto, states that «to sing in a such huge venue as the Arena, and  – what’s more – an open air space, is certainly something we opera singers are not used to. Nevertheless I haven’t found it particularly difficult to cope with the sheer size of the Arena».

According to Mr. Pirgu, Beethoven’s Ninth is an absolute masterpiece and for this reason «it’s crucial to be able to rely on an extremely high level quartet». The artist also says he is familiar with Maestro Oren and that he appreciates him because of his “great knowledge of the human voice”.

2013, Arena, Rigoletto (Photo Ennevi, Fondazione Arena)

2013, Arena, Rigoletto (Photo Ennevi, Fondazione Arena)

The interview ends with a mention of his upcoming engagements: La traviata in Buenos Aires, his role debut as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra in Naples, and as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in Zurich.

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Top photo: Saimir Pirgu (Photo Paul Scala)

Our thanks to O-PR Communications, Berlin

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