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Saimir Pirgu (born 23 September 1981 in Elbasan) is an Albanian international opera singer (tenor). In 2014 he was awarded the Italian citizenship by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano.
He graduated in singing at the Conservatory Claudio Monteverdi in Bolzano (Italy) where he studied with Vito Maria Brunetti.
At the age of 22 he was discovered by Claudio Abbado who chose him to play the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte. He collaborates with the most prestigious theaters and musical institutions in the world as: Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, Berlin State Opera and Deutsche Oper, Salzburg Festival, Vienna Musikverein, Bayerische Rundfunks in Munich, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
He has been directed by Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti.
He worked with Franco Zeffirelli, Woody Allen, Peter Stein, Graham Vick, Willy Decker, Deborah Warner, Luca Ronconi, Kasper Holten, David McVicar, Ferzan Ozpetek, Mario Martone, Michael Haneke, Robert Carsen.
Among his last appearances are: La damnation de Faust at Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, Rigoletto and King Roger at Royal Opera House London, La traviata at Metropolitan Opera New York, Santa Fe Opera and Berlin State Opera, The Magic Flute at Teatro alla Scala, L'elisir d'amore at Vienna State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lucia di Lammermoor at Los Angeles Opera, La traviata and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at San Francisco Opera, La bohème and Lucia di Lammermoor at Washington National Opera, Un ballo in maschera in Tel Aviv, La clemenza di Tito at the Opéra national de Paris, Rigoletto at the Arena di Verona and Vienna State Opera, La bohème at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Mozart's Requiem at Symphony Center Chicago, Verdi's Requiem at Salzburg Festival, Vienna Musikverein, Bayerische Rundfunks in Munich, Pilharmonie de Paris and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.