As one of today’s foremost Italian dramatic baritones, Claudio Sgura has electrified audiences throughout the world with his performances of Verdi, Puccini, and Verismo repertoire.
A native of Puglia, Mr. Sgura began his vocal studies in Lecce with soprano Maria Mazzotta. After coming to international attention at the prestigious competition “Voci Verdiane” in Busseto in 2006, he debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in the following year as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly under the musical direction of Myung Whun Chung.
Performances since then have led him to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West), the Vienna State Opera (Scarpia in Tosca), the Opéra National de Paris (Barnaba in La Gioconda and La fanciulla del West), the Zurich Opera (La fanciulla del West), the Bavarian State Opera Munich (Iago in Otello), the Sydney Opera House (Otello), the New National Theatre Tokyo (Amonasro in Aida), the Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla (Marcello in La bohème), the ABAO Bilbao (Giacomo in Giovanna d’Arco), the La Coruña Festival (Otello), the Astana Opera (Ezio in Attila), the Palm Beach Opera (Tosca), the Savonlinna Festival (Tosca) and to the Den Norske Opera in Oslo (title role in Macbeth).
Sgura is a frequent guest on Italy’s most important opera stages such as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Germont in La traviata and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor), the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amonasro in Aida and Tonio in Pagliacci), the Teatro Regio in Turin (Marcello in La bohème), the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (La Gioconda), the Teatro Regio in Parma (Conte di Luna in Il trovatore and Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari), the Macerata Opera Festival (Attila, Madama Butterfly and Tosca) and the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (Tosca). He returned to La Scala in 2011 as Alfio in a new production of Cavalleria rusticana.
Mr. Sgura’s 2014/2015 season featured Scarpia in Tosca in Cagliari, Sydney, Melbourne, and Rome; Iago in Otello at the Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm; debuts as Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples and as Rigoletto in Bogotá; and the Conte di Luna in Verdi’s Il trovatore at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Season 2016/2017 saw Claudio Sgura successfully perform once again Iago at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Scarpia at the Den Norske Opera Oslo in two new productions by Callixto Bieito. Further roles were the Grand-Prêtre de Dagon in Samson et Dalila at Turin’s Teatro Regio and Gellner in La Wally at the Teatro Municipale, Piacenza.
Upcoming engagements include a revival of Tosca at Den Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo in August-September and the debut in the title role of Simon Boccanegra at Hamburgische Staatsoper in Ocotber-November. In December, he will be Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at Teatro San Carlo. Further plans in 2017/18 include Scarpia at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, at Palau de les Arts in Valencia and at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, as well as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier at Teatro Petruzzellli di Bari.