Nominated by Placido Domingo as one of his heirs, Giorgio Berrugi is one of the most appreciated tenors of today for his unmistakable, warm Italian sound, his exceptional musicality and the expressive nuances of his interpretations.
Berrugi has performed in the most important opera houses, auditoriums and music festivals such as the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House in London, Lincoln Center in New York, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Théâtre des Champs–Élysées in Paris, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Parco della Musica in Rome and Arena di Verona. He has worked with great conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Fabio Luisi, Andriss Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Oren, Gianandrea Noseda, Pinchas Steinberg, Nicola Luisotti, Myung-Whun Chung, Manfred Honeck, Roberto Abbado and Jaap van Zweden.
Recent engagements have included La Traviata at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Damnation de Faust at Oper Frankfurt, Tosca at Opera di Roma, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Wiener Philarmoniker, L’elisir d’amore and La Bohème of the 120th anniversary at Teatro Regio in Turin, La Bohème in Naples, Simon Boccanegra at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Roméo et Juliette at Arena di Verona, Un Ballo in Maschera at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House in London and performances as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in New York with the London Symphony Orchestra, in Milan with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, in Rome for Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in Lucerne, Hong Kong, Manchester, Dallas, Valencia and Riga.
Before becoming a singer, Berrugi graduated with honors in clarinet. He won major international awards both as a soloist and in chamber music and was the first clarinet of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma for five years.
He began his vocal studies in 2007 and after a few months he debuted as Rodolfo in La Bohème at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. From 2010 to 2013 he was a member of the ensemble of Dresden Semperoper, where he performed many important roles such as Don José in Carmen, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Gennarino in the world première of Gisela, the last opera written by Hans Werner Henze.
His plans in the 2019/20 season include Madama Butterfly at Opéra National de Paris, Tosca at Opera di Roma, Carmen in Frankfurt, Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re and Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 at Teatro alla Scala, Rigoletto in Beijing.