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Michele Pertusi

As acclaimed Bass Michele Pertusi performed in the world's most important concert halls and opera houses, such as Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, New York Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Opernhaus in Zürich, La Monnaie in Bruxelles, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Barbican Centre in London with a repertory including the leading roles in such titles as Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Semiramide, Il turco in Italia, L’italiana in Algeri, Le siège de Corinthe, Guillaume Tell, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Lucrezia Borgia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio, Attila, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Falstaff and also symphonic works as Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe solennelle, Mozart’s Requiem and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.

He collaborated with such important conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Colin Davis, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti. 

He opened the 2013/14 season performing Attila at Opéra Royal de Wallonie de Liége, followed by Simon Boccanegra (Jacopo Fiesco) at Teatro Regio di Torino and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Teatro Regio di Parma. His future plans include Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nabucco and Don Pasquale at Wiener Staatsoper, I Puritani at Opéra National de Paris, Lucia di Lammermoor at Monnaie de Bruxelles, Maria Stuarda, La Sonnambula and Nabucco at Liceu de Barcelona, La Sonnambula and I Puritani at MET New York, Così fan tutte at Teatro alla Scala, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at Salzburg Festival under the baton of Antonio Pappano, as well as the tile role in Falstaff at RHO Covent Garden in London. 

His recent engagements have also included Bellini’s Norma (Oroveso) at Salzburg Festival Petite Messe Solennelle at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées de Paris, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Sonnambula, Lucrezia Borgia and L’italiana in Algeri at the Wiener Staatsoper, Guillaume Tell, Carmen and Mosè in Egitto at the Opernhaus in Zürich, L’italiana in Algeri in Bilbao, Le Comty Ory and Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan in New York, Attila, Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio and L’italiana in Algeri at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, L’italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Guillaume Tell in Amsterdam, La Sonnambula at the Opéra National de Paris, L’elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Falstaff in Bilbao, LucreziaBorgia at the Semperoper in Dresden, Norma at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, I Lombardi alla prima crociata at the Macerata Opera Festival, Attila, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, La pietra del paragone and Faust at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Szene aus Goethes Faust at the Teatro Real de Madrid and at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Luisa Miller at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Mosè in Egitto at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Guglielmo Tell at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Lucrezia Borgia at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Falstaff at the Staatsoper in Berlin and at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Maometto II, La gazza ladra and Petite Messe Solennelle at the Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Don Giovanni (title role) at the Teatro Bellini di Catania, Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio, La Sonnambula and Anna Bolena at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Maometto II in Amsterdam, I Puritani at the Monnaie de Bruxelles and in Amsterdam, Stabat Mater by Rossini at the Festival Mozart in La Coruña.

Since 1997 Michele Pertusi has been a regular guest at the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro, where he made his debut in Graham Vick’s new production of Moïse et Pharaon (1997; conducted by Vladimir Jurowski). In the next seasons he returned to Pesaro for productions of Il viaggio a Reims, Petite Messe Solennelle, Le Siège de Corinthe, Torvaldo e Dorliska and La gazza ladra. For his achievements there, he was awarded the “Rossini d’oro Prize”.

Since 1998 he has been also a regular guest of the Teatro alla Scala, where he performed in several productions including Lucrezia Borgia, Le nozze di Figaro (Conte d’Almaviva) and Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) with Riccardo Muti, Nina, o sia la pazza per amore (Il conte), Il turco in Italia (Selim) conducted by Riccardo Chailly, as well as La Sonnambula, Lucrezia Borgia, L’italiana in Algeri, La Cenerentola (Alidoro, led by Bruno Campanella) and Marco Tutino’s Vita

His discography includes, among others, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle,Stabat Mater, Cantata per Pio IX and La Cenerentola conducted by Riccardo Chailly (Decca), Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte conducted by Georg Solti (Decca), Le nozze di Figaro under Zubin Mehta’s baton (Sony), Semiramide and Maometto II (Ricordi), Don Giovanni conducted by Daniel Barenboim (Erato), Il turco in Italia conducted by Riccardo Chailly (Decca) and Falstaff conducted by Colin Davis (LSO live).

In 1995 he was awarded the “Abbiati International Prize”. His recording of Il turco in Italia conducted by Riccardo Chailly for Decca was recently awarded the Gramophone Award. In February 2005 has won the Grammy Award for the Best Opera Recording in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Colin Davis (LSO LIVE). Recently he has been the recipient of the Golden Medal as Cultural Benemeritus from the President of the Italian Republic. Michele Pertusi was born in Parma and studied with Arrigo Pola, Carlo Bergonzi and Rodolfo Celletti. For the preparation for the roles he collaborates with the Prof. Hisako Tanaka.

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