Josif Gjipali, known as Giuseppe Gipali, was born in Valona in Albania. In 2003 he won the prize of Placido Domingo’s Operalia. In the same year he started his International career performing at renowned opera stages. Refined interpreter of Verdi’s works, his repertoire ranges from belcanto to verismo, without forgetting the French one.
His career has brought him as guest of the most prestigious theatres in the world: Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, La Fenice in Venice, Arena di Verona, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Covent Garden in London, Wiener Staatsoper, Théâtre du Chatelet and Opera Bastille in Paris, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Liceu in Barcelona, San Francisco Opera House, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and Sydney Opera House. He regularly collaborates with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, Nicola Luisotti, Renato Palumbo, Pinchas Steinberg, Daniele Oren and directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Mario Martone and Pierluigi Pizzi.
His repertoire is vast and comprehends operas such as La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca by Puccini, all the Verdian repertoire – beside from Otello -, all the Donizetti repertoire; from the French operas repertoire such as Manon Lescaut by Massenet, Werther, Fause, Damnation De Faust, Les Contes d’Hoffman and Les Pecheures de Perles. Recent engagements include Il Trovatore in Bari and at Festival Verdi in Parma and Simon Boccanegra at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, opening performance for the theatre season. His upcoming engagements: Lucrezia Borgia in Sydney, Rigoletto and I Due Foscari in Florence.