Rame Lahaj, who makes his LA Opera debut as Alfredo in La Traviata, is a native of Istog, Kosovo.
In 2016, he was a prize winner in Placido Domingo's Operalia competition. His most notable engagements in the 2017/18 season include Alfredo in La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Paris National Opera and at the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and with Kasper Holten in Malmoe and well as international concert tours with Angela Gheorghiu in South Korea and in Mexico with Orquestra Filarmonica de Jalisco (Guadalajara). Other future engagements include Faust at NCPA Beijing, Rigoletto at Opéra de Montreal in Canada and his house debuts as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona and Nemorino in The Elixir of Love at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Bruckner's Te Deum at the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic and Alfredo in La Traviata at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
His 2016/17 season included performances as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Paris National Opera, the title role of Faust in Tel Aviv and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with the Savonlinna Opera Festival as well as concerts in London and Mexico with Placido Domingo. In 2014/15 and 2015/16, he performed the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at Haus für Mozart in Salzburg, the Duke in Rigoletto and Alfredo in La Traviata at Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Alfredo in La Traviata at Opera Australia in Sydney, Rodolfo in La Bohème at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and at Opera Las Palmas. He also inaugurated the new Amber Concert Hall in Latvia with soprano Marina Rebeka.
In 2014 he made his house debuts the Duke in Rigoletto at La Monnaie de Bruxelles and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Hamburg State Opera. During the 2013/14 season, he appeared with the Semperoper Dresden the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata and Rodolfo in La Bohème. Moreover, he performed Rodolfo at Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2012 he performed Rodolfo in France at National Opéra de Montpellier. He made his Italian debut as the Duke in Rigoletto at Teatro Massimo in Palermo.