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 (Jago 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; Jago 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.
Engagements in 2015/2016 included Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at the Teatro alla Scala and at the Hamburg State Opera, Claudio in Franco Faccio's Amleto at the Bregenz Festival, Tosca at the Teatro Regio of Turin and Amonasro at the Teatro Verdi of Salerno.
In the 2016/2017 season Claudio Sgura performs Jago in a new production of Otello at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Scarpia in Tosca at the Den Norske Opera Oslo, Grand-Prêtre de Dagon in Samson et Dalila at Turin's Teatro Regio, Gellner in La Wally at the Teatro Municipale, Piacenza and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
2017/18 season includes 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 of Bari. In July is Scarpia at Tokyo National Theater
And it's in November 2018 his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with one of his prince roles, Scarpia in Tosca; great success of audiences and critics.
The year 2019 sees him again interpreting the role of Gérard in the Andrea Chénier set up 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. In November he will come back at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with a production of Pagliacci.