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Saimir Pirgu (Uncredited)

Saimir Pirgu

Born in 1981, he starts his musical studies in 1988 at the Liceo d'Arte in his hometown Elbasan (Albania) as a violinist and continues studying singing at the Conservatories of Tirana and Bolzano, with Vito Brunetti, who is still his teacher. After moving to Italy, he wins in 2002 the International Competition "Enrico Caruso" in Milan and the "Tito Schipa" International Competition in Lecce. He received the important Franco Corelli award at Teatro delle Muse in Ancona (February 2009). He makes his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival with Il viaggio a Reims and Adina. Later starting an important collaboration with the Wiener Staatsoper, winning the prestigious prize "Eberhard Waechter Gesangsmedaille" for his interpretation of Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore.