Biography

Born in Istog (Kosovo).

In 2016 Rame Lahaj was a prize winner in Placido Domingo's Operalia competition. He is considered to be one of the most prominent singers in his generation.

The 2016/17-Season marked highlights such as Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor at the Paris National Opera, the title role of Faust in Tel Aviv, Duca/Rigoletto with McVickar at Savonlinna Opera Festival as well as concerts in London and Mexico next to Placido Domingo.

His most notable engagements in season 2017/18 include Alfredo/La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Paris National Opera and at the Bolshoi in Moscow with Sokhiev, Duca/Rigoletto at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and with Kasper Holten in Malmoe and go on international concert tours, among others with Angela Gheorghiu in South Korea and in Mexico with Orquestra Filarmonica de Jalisco (Guadalajara).

Other future engagements until 2020 include Faust at NCPA Beijing, Duca/Rigoletto at Opéra de Montreal in Canada and his house debuts as Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly at Gran Teatre de Liceu de Barcelona and Nemorino/L'elisir d'Amore at Teatro Real de Madrid, Rodolfo/La Bohème at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Bruckner: Te Deum in C major (25’) at Borusan Istanbul Philharmonics, Alfredo/La Traviata at  Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2019 and several Galà Concerts.

In 2014/15 and 2015-16 he performed Duca di Mantova/Rigoletto at Haus für Mozart in Salzburg, Duca di Mantova/Rigoletto and Alfredo/La Traviata at Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Alfredo/La Traviata at Opera Australia in Sydney, Rodolfo/La Bohème at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly at Puccini Festival Torre del Lago and at Opera Las Palmas. He also inaugurated the new 'Amber' Concert Hall in Latvia together w. soprano Marina Rebeka.

In 2014 he made his house debuts as Duca di Mantova/Rigoletto at La Monnaie de Bruxelles, as Alfredo/La Traviata at the Hamburg State Opera and as Duca di Mantova/Rigoletto at Deutsche Oper Berlin. 

In season 2013/2014 Lahaj was also at Semperoper Dresden as Duca di Mantova/Rigoletto, Alfredo/La Traviata and Rodolfo/La Bohème. Moreover, he performed Rodolfo/La Bohème at Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 2012 he performed Rodolfo/La Bohème in France at National Opéra de Montpellier. His Italian debut turned out to be a great success with the performance of Rigoletto in the role of Duca di Mantova at Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

A first major success was his debut at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest in 2011 with the role of Macduff/Macbeth.

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Reviews

La traviata, Sydney Opera House, 4 July 2015
Hailing from Kosovo, Lahaj is the most exciting Alfredo seen locally since Gianluca Terranova in the inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. A terrific actor, Lahaj charts the full emotional journey of Alfredo, from ardent admirer to impassioned lover, through to his brutish anger and subsequent shame and sorrow. Despite his striking looks, Lahaj clearly conveys Alfredo’s shy awkwardness at first meeting Violetta. His countenance changes as a dark storm cloud overtakes Alfredo’s logic, which then melts away with as deep regret takes over[...] Possessing a rich, luxurious voice, Lahaj moves easily from middle to upper register with equal strength. If there are fleeting moments when his pitching is not quite accurate, it may well have be due to opening night nerves, which will soon dissipate as the season progresses. Combined with his charismatic presence, and his clear enjoyment of being on stage, the tone and lustre of Lahaj’s voice portent a very exciting future[...] The perfect choice for newcomers, long-term operagoers will also enjoy and appreciate this season of La Traviata for the thrilling debuts of Gore and Lahaj.

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