Rame Lahaj

Rame Lahaj was born in Istog, Kosovo in 1983. He made his career debut in 2010 singing the role of Alfredo in La Traviata at the Eutin Festival. He has won two prestigious international competitions, both of them in Italy: The Riccardo Zandonai Competition and the Ritorna Vincitore competition. He has made guest appearances at the Budapest Opera (as Macduff in Macbeth), the Montpellier Opera (as Rodolfo in La Bohème), the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto), at the Royal Albert Hall in London (La Bohème), and at the Semperoper in Dresden (Rigoletto, La Traviata and La Bohème). In 2014, he made debut appearances at La Monnaie in Brussels (Rigoletto), the Staatsoper in Hamburg (La Traviata) and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Rigoletto). Over the next couple of seasons, he played the Duke of Mantua both in Salzburg (at the Haus für Mozart) and in Warsaw at the Warsaw Opera. He also played Alfredo in Warsaw and Sydney, Rodolfo at both the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and the Riga Opera, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, La Palmas and in Bergen (in the Damiano Michieletto production), and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Limoges, Reims and Nancy. He also appeared at the Great Amber Concert Hall in Latvia alongside soprano Marina Rebeka. In 2016, he was awarded third prize at the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition.

Projects: the title role in Faust in Tel-Aviv (his debut in that role), the Duke of Mantua at the Savonlinna Festival and the Montreal Opera, Alfredo (La Traviata) at the Paris Opera. 

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