Rame Lahaj is tremendously talented and celebrated lyric tenor with impressive international career. His recognizable voice all’ italiana has exceptional color and timbrical qualities. He has ’present’ passion in his singing and charismatic scenic presence.

In 2016 Rame Lahaj was a prize winner in Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition.

He is considered one of the most prominent singers in his generation.


Recent engagements and future highlights include among others:

  • Alfredo Germont/La Traviata at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, on Sydney Harbour (Opera Australia), at Opéra de Montreal, at Seattle Opera, at Staatsoper Berlin, at Ópera Nacional de Chile, at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and during the Wiesbaden May Festival;
  • Nemorino/L’elisir d’Amore at Teatro Real de Madrid;
  • Rodolfo/La Bohème at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, at Hungarian State Opera (Budapest) and at Wrocław Opera;
  • Cavaradossi/Tosca at Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari (a debut), at Opera National Lorraine de Nancy (a role debut), and at the Latvian National Opera in Riga;
  • Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor at Wrocław Opera;
  • Duca/Rigoletto at Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, and with Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie.


Rame Lahaj was born in Istog, Kosovo. He grew up in a non-musical family. The future tenor first started his professional musical training at the age of 21. His great dedication, love and efforts to reach his big dream, he is now among those who have thrived in the international operatic arena.

Season 2018/2019

Most notable engagements in 2018/19 include house debut as Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly at Gran Teatre de Liceu de Barcelona, Alfredo/La Traviata at Los Angeles Opera w. James Conlon, Alfredo/La Traviata and Rodolfo/La Bohème at Bolshoi Theatre, Alfredo/La Traviata at Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin, Bruckner: Te Deum in C major (25’) at Borusan Istanbul Philharmonics as well as the Latvian National Opera’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Season 2017/2018

Highlights in 2017/18 include Alfredo/La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Paris National Opera and at the Bolshoi in Moscow w. Sokhiev, where Rame Lahaj also performed Rodolfo/La Bohème, Duca/Rigoletto at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and with Kasper Holten in Malmoe, a Verdi Opera Night Concert in Arena di Verona as well as international concert tours, among others with Angela Gheorghiu in South Korea and in Mexico with Orquestra Filarmonica de Jalisco.

Highlights from Previous Seasons

Highlights in season 2016/17 include 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.

In 2014/15 and 2015/16 the artist 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.

In 2014 Rame Lahaj 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 the artist 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.


Rame Lahaj graduated as an honor student from The Academy of Arts in Tirana.


Rame Lahaj – Tosca by G. Puccini – E lucevan le stelle – Bari, Dec. 2021

Rame Lahaj – La Traviata by G. Verdi on Sydney Harbour – Opera Australia, March 2021

Rame Lahaj – Rigoletto by G. Verdi – Parmi veder le lagrime – Arena di Verona, August 2018

Rame Lahaj – Luisa Miller by G. Verdi – Quando le sere al placido

Rame Lahaj – Tosca by G. Puccini – Recondita Armonia – Bari, Dec. 2021

Rame Lahaj – La Traviata by G. Verdi – Libiamo ne lieti calici – Los Angeles Opera, June 2019

Angela Gheorghiu & Rame Lahaj – La Boheme by G. Puccini – O soave Fanciulla – November 2017

Rame Lahaj – La Boheme by G. Puccini – Che Gelida Manina – November 2015


La traviata – The Los Angeles Opera, June 2019

“Kosovan tenor Rame Lahaj, in his company debut, proved hardly to be outdone. The music poured out of him eloquently and ardently, his lyricism never tarnished with harsh excess at the louder dynamics.”

– Timothy Mangan, Los Angeles Times

La traviataSydney 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.”

– Simon Parris,