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"That Pertusi, after years of a glorious career, still sings a similar part like this is a matter that begins to place him in the small number of vocal miracles, those of Gigli, Bergonzi, Fren" (Elvio Giudici in Classic Voice on Philip II in Don Carlo at the Municipal Theater of Modena)

Michele Pertusi is today considered one of the greatest singers on the world opera scene. Awarded the Premio Abbiati by Italian music critics, he received two Grammy Awards, for the recording of Falstaff conducted by Colin Davis, and for the recording of Il Turco in Italia conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

Acclaimed as one of the greatest singers of the current world opera scene, Michele Pertusi was born in Parma, where he studied singing and piano at the “A. Boito". He continued his singing studies with Arrigo Pola and Carlo Bergonzi and completed his training with Rodolfo Celletti.
In 1995 he was awarded the "Franco Abbiati" prize by the Italian music critic. In February 2006 he won the prestigious Grammy Award for his recording of Falstaff, in which he plays the title role directed by Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live), He receives another Gramophone Award for his recording of Turco in Italia directed by Riccardo Chailly (Decca).
He has also received from the President of the Italian Republic the Gold Medal as Meritorious of Culture. He recently received the "Rodolfo Celletti" award at the 2018 Valle d'Itria Festival in Martina Franca.
He has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Metha, Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Kazushi Ono, Myung-Whun Chung and Antonio Pappano, treading the most important stages in the world, regular guest of the most prestigious opera houses, festivals and concert halls.
In recent years Michele Pertusi has established himself as a reference interpreter of the Verdi repertoire, with roles such as Filippo II in Don Carlo (Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid, Festival Verdi, La Scala), Attila (La Scala, La Fenice, Festival Verdi, Opéra de Liege), Pagano in I Lombardi alla prima crociata (Parma, Montecarlo), Sparafucile in Rigoletto (Vienna), Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra (Vienna, Turin, Bologna), Conte Walter in Luisa Miller (Bayerische Staatsoper di Monaco, ), Da Silva in Ernani (La Scala, Palermo), Massimiliano in I masnadieri (La Scala, Palau de les Arts Valencia), Zaccaria in Nabucco (Verdi Festival, Arena di Verona), Banco in Macbeth (Verdi Festival), Procida in Les vêpres siciliennes (Rome Opera), Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino (Liege), Ramfis in Aida (Verona), as well as the Requiem Mass which he sang among others under the direction of Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Metha, Myung-Whun Chung Daniele Gatti.
A refined Rossini interpreter, Michele Pertusi was repeatedly acclaimed winner at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where he made his debut in 1992 as Assur in Semiramide, to return in the following seasons in Moïse et Pharaon, Maometto II, Guillaume Tell, Il viaggio a Reims, The siège de Corinthe, Torvaldo and Dorliska, The magpie and The barber of Seville. For his numerous successes, the Rossini Opera Festival awarded him the "Rossini d'oro".
His rich discography includes, among other titles, Messa Solenne, Stabat Mater, Cantata per Pio IX, Cenerentola and Il urco in Italia (conducted by Riccardo Chailly), Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte with Georg Solti (Decca), Le nozze of Figaro with Zubin Mehta (Sony), Semiramide and Mohammed II (Memories), Don Giovanni with Daniel Barenboim (Erato), La damnation de Faust and Falstaff with Colin Davis (LSO).
Recent engagements include Medea at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Nabucco and Aida at the Arena di Verona, Moïse et Pharaon in Aix-en-Provence, Turandot at the Teatro Regio in Turin and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Antonio Pappano , I Lombardi alla prima crociata at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Norma at the Teatro Regio Parma and at La Monnaie in Brussels, Luisa Miller at the Rome Opera with Michele Mariotti, I Capuleti ei Montecchi at the Teatro alla Scala, Simon Boccanegra at the Verdi Festival in Parma, cErnani in Palermo, Marin Faliero at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, Les Huguenots in Geneva, Don Carlo at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for the inauguration of the 2022/23 Season.
Among future projects, Moïse et Pharaon in Lyon; Ernani in Venice; Don Pasquale in Palermo, at the Vienna Staatsoper, in Tokyo, in Hamburg, I Lombardi alla prima crociata with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Aida with Riccardo Muti at the Verona Arena, I Capuleti e Montecchi at the Salzburg Festival, Guglielmo Tell at the Teatro alla Scala, Verdi's Requiem Mass at the Salzburg Easter Festival with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Turandot at La Monnaie in Brussels, Simon Boccanegra at the Rome Opera.
(Michele Pertusi, photo above, credit Roberto Ricci, stage photo below, Teatro Regio di Parma)
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