Saturday, March 6, 2010

Luca Pisaroni: The Complete Package

[Photo by Marty Sohl]

There are a number of barihunks who as individuals are worth the price of admission. Simon Keenlyside, Mariusz Kwiecien and Erwin Schrott certainly come to mind as singers who look good, are great actors and are also amazing singers. There are lesser known barihunks like Kyle Ketelsen, Wes Mason, Kelly Markgraf and Randal Turner who we feel also deliver the complete package night in and night out. However, if there is one barihunk who probably already belongs in a class with Keenlyside, Kwiecien and Schrott it is Luca Pisaroni.

His recent video of Ercole that we featured is a tour de force and he may already be one of the ten best exponents of Mozart in the world today. Period. Here are three clips of this gifted young singer performing Mozart, so that you can judge for yourself. Few singers can bring these characters to life like Pisaroni and his vocal nuances are nothing short of phenomenal.

Apparently, opera houses are recognizing his gifts as a Mozartean, as his schedule includes a current run of Figaro in Amsterdam, Leporello at Glyndebourne this summer, Figaro in San Francisco this fall and then the Count in Houston early next year. If you can make it to any of these performances, we guarantee that you will be in for a real treat.

Luca Pisaroni sings Figaro's "Aprite un po' gli occhi"

Maite Beaumont as Dorabella and Luca Pisaroni as Guglielmo sing "Il cuore vi dono" from "Così fan tutte"

Luca Pisaroni sings Figaro's "Se vuol ballare"

Subscribe to Barihunks by Email


  1. Yes, I've been in love with Luca Pisaroni (voice and looks) since I saw the Glyndebourne Cosi Fan Tutte. He and Mariusz are my two favorites. I will see him in Houston as Il Conte. When I got the HGO season package, I thought it was a misprint, given that he is such a famous Figaro. Looking forward to his new role.

  2. I spent $300 to see Pisaroni up close in the Met's Figaro this season and it was more than worth it. Wonderful actor, excellent voice; Pisaroni and Keenlyside are in a class by themselves. Would like to see more chest, though!

  3. Gracious, golden-voiced Wes Mason won't be "lesser known" after May 29, when he stars in Fort Worth Opera's "Before Night Falls", the world-premiere of Jorge Martin's bio-op of Reinaldo Arenas. As per the March issue of "Travel + Leisure", 2010’s Must-See ... Events: "The Fort Worth Opera ( presents Cuban American composer Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls (May 29–June 6), which features young baritone Wes Mason as the gay dissident and poet Reinaldo Arenas in Fidel Castro’s Cuba." At the urging of friends, I flew from Seattle to Philadelphia to
    see Wes's Olivier in "Capriccio", and he was fabulous. Matinee-idol handsome, yes, but, more importantly, vocally stunning.