Born in Albania, Saimir Pirgu studied the violin from an early age. However, it was not until 19 that he heard the famous concert of the three tenors at the Baths of Caracalla on television. Fascinated, he decided to become an opera singer. From then on, his progress was meteoric: he went to study at the Conservatorio Monteverdi in Bolzano with Vito Maria Brunetti, met Pavarotti with whom he worked on numerous roles, won First Prize in the international Caruso and Tito Schipa competitions and, at the age of 22, was invited by Abbado to sing Ferrando (Così fan tutte) in Ferrara.
His dazzling high notes, his warm timbre and his convincing style, opened the doors of the greatest opera houses: Teatro alla Scala (La Scala Theatre), Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper (the Bavarian State Opera), Verona Arena, Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival), Opernhaus Zürich (Zürich Opera House), under the direction of Muti, Thielemann, P. Jordan, Mehta, Pappano, among other prestigious conductors.
In 2021-22, he performs Des Grieux (Manon) at the Opéra de Lyon and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Steva (Jenufa) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Duca (Rigoletto) at the Liceu Opera Barcelona and Staatsoper Berlin (the Berlin State Opera), Rodolfo (La Bohème) at the Teatro Colón (the Columbus Theatre in Buenos Aires), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at the Wiener Staatsoper (the Vienna State Opera), Bruckner's Te Deum in Rome, and Beethoven's Ninth at Detroit.
Saimir Pirgu has been an ambassador for the Down Syndrome Albania Foundation since 2013.