Saimir Pirgu: Inside the Mind of an Operatic Prodigy

Acclaimed by audiences and critics around the world, Saimir Pirgu is  a world-renowned tenor whose performances range from Macduff in Macbeth of Verdi acclaim, to Roméo in Charles-François Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

Saimir has performed in almost all of the most important opera houses around the globe.

I met Saimir in London during his portrayal of  Verdi’s Alfredo in  La Traviata and had the privilege of dining with him  and a few of his close friends at the end of the evening.  After a energy-sapping performance, this man was alive, vibrant, and full of fun.

The conversation drifted from all things opera-related to absolute fun and spontaneous topic-tripping. Amidst the un-containable laughter and camaraderie I sensed the strong mindset that is the foundation upon which this man has built his career.  You’ll see that he continues to seek to find a balance in his life between the demands that the global operatic world places upon him, and his personal and private ambitions and desires.  I was so happy when he agreed to this  interview a year on.

As promised, here are 3 attitudinal traits  that I’ve extracted from this interview.  I assess these as being big winners for Saimir in attaining what he has up to now:

  1. Trusting an inner-led knowing. Saimir possesses an inner knowing that he WILL  achieve his dreams, and couples this with a focus that is steadfast.  Steadfast focus is not fanatical or obsessive.  It is a focus that is nurtured by thoughts that lead to positive engagement with actions – such as continued learning, putting in the training hours, turning up on time, and recognising opportunities that are are potentially life-changing (for the better, of course!)
  2. Open to learning new.  See if you can identify this attitude in Saimir’s storytelling! He sees everything as an opportunity for new learning – about himself, about a situation, a person, his music, etc.. This is so deep a practice of his, that this is now  just his modus operandi in the world.
  3. Master and mastery mindset.  As you listen to the interview, you will detect that Saimir is on a path of continuous improvement.  He is appreciative of his current achievements and abilities, but he has an eagerness, and sometimes even displays impatience, in relation to moving-on to the next phase or level.

It’s a pleasure to share this with you all. I’ve learnt so much myself. Enjoy!


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