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Claudio
Sgura

Sgura (Escamillo) confirms once again elegant, precise and vocally impressive ... a truly convincing stage performance " (Theblogartpost) "Solid, centered and convincing Claudio Sgura as Scarpia" (A. Mattioli, La Stampa) "A l' applaudimètre, c'est le baryton Claudio Sgura qui vole la vedette” (Opera OnLine)

Among the most important baritones of his generation, Claudio Sgura is requested by all the most prestigious Italian and international theaters, particularly in the Verdi, Puccini and Verismo repertoire.

Claudio Sgura he is one of the most important baritones of his generation, requested by all the most prestigious Italian and international theatres, particularly in the Verdi, Puccini and verista repertoire.
 
Apulian, he began studying singing in Lecce with the soprano Maria Mazzotta.
 
Among the winners of the prestigious opera competition "Voci Verdiane" in Busseto in 2006, he made his debut the following year at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly under the musical direction of Myung Whun Chung.
 
Since then he has performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West), at the Vienna Staatsoper (Scarpia in Tosca), at the Opéra National de Paris (La fanciulla del West and Barnaba in La Gioconda), at the Bavarian State Opera (Jago in Othello), Sydney Opera House (Othello), New National Theater Tokyo (Amonasro in Aida), Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville (Marcello in La bohème), ABAO Bilbao (Giacomo in Joan of Arc), the La Coruña Festival (Othello), the Astana Opera (Ezio in Attila), the Palm Beach Opera (Tosca), the Savonlinna Festival (Tosca) and the Norske Opera in Oslo (in the title role of Macbeth).
 
Frequent guest in the most important Italian theaters such as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Germont in La traviata and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor), the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (Lucia di Lammermoor, Aida and Tonio in Pagliacci), the Teatro Regio in Turin (La bohème), the Rome Opera House (La Gioconda), the Teatro Regio di Parma (Count di Luna in Il Trovatore and Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari), the Macerata Opera Festival (Attila, Madama Butterfly and Tosca) and the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa (Tosca). He returned to La Scala in 2011 to play the role of Alfio in the new production of Cavalleria rusticana.
 
In the 2014/2015 season, productions of Tosca stand out in Cagliari, Sydney, Melbourne and Rome; Othello at the Kungliga Operan, Stockholm; Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore in Peking and his debuts as Miller in Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller at the San Carlo in Naples and Rigoletto in Bogotá.
 
Among the commitments of the 2015/2016 season are Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at the Teatro alla Scala and at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Claudio in Franco Faccio's Hamlet at the Bregenz Festival, Scarpia at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Amonasro at the Giuseppe Verdi Theater of Salerno.
 
The 2016/2017 season saw Claudio, once again, brilliantly play the role of Jago at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Scarpia at Den Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo, both new productions signed by Callixto Bieito, Grand-Prêtre de Dagon in Samson et Dalila at the Teatro Regio in Turin and a new great debut with La Wally in the role of Gellner, at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. Subsequent engagements of the season include a revival of Tosca at Den Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo in August and September and a debut in the title role of Simon Boccanegra at the Hamburgische Staatsoper in October and November.
 
In December he is Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. The 17/18 season continues at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm with Tosca in January, February, April and May. In March and April he was Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier at the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari. In July he played the role of Baron Scarpia again at the New National Theater in Tokyo. Instead, his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York is for the month of November 2018 with one of his main roles, Scarpia in Tosca; great success with audiences and critics.
 
The year 2019 sees him again interpret the role of Gérard in the Andrea Chénier staged by the theaters of Modena, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Parma. The summer will see him engaged in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Fanciulla del West in Hamburg and later in Beijing. Among the welcome returns of the season it is worth mentioning the one in the role of Jago in Verdi's Otello at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
 
In 2020, despite the Covid 19 pandemic, he was the protagonist of important concerts such as the Fuoco di Gioia at the Regio theater in Parma and the Ildar Abdrazakov Festival in Moscow; Aida in Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples with Pirozzi, Rachvelishvili and Kaufmann conducted by Mariotti and then Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples together with Elīna Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann, Elena Zilio, Maria Agresta conducted by M. Juraj Valčuha.
 
Claudio Sgura's most recent engagements (2022) include the roles of Escamillo in Carmen at the 99th Arena di Verona Festival, Barnaba in La Gioconda at the Choregies d'Orange, Scarpia in Tosca at the Sferisterio in Macerata, Carlo Gérard in the Andrea Chenier at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Lescaut at the Montecarlo Opera.
 
In the first months of 2023 he returns to Monte Carlo as Gérard in Andrea Chénier and to the Regio di Parma as Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur; other projects include the Masked Ball and Tosca at the Oslo Opera.
 
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(Photo below, credit Marco Bigotti)
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