Michele Pertusi was born in Parma, where he studied piano and singing at the Conservatory “A. Boito”. Then he continued his studies with Arrigo Pola, Carlo Bergonzi and Rodolfo Celletti. In February 2005 he won the Grammy Award for the Best Opera Recording in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir 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 awarded the Gramophone Award. He has also been the recipient of the Golden Medal as Cultural Benemeritus by the President of the Italian Republic.
He worked with most of the world leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Colin Davis, Daniele Gatti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Zubin Metha, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano e Georg Solti, and he trod the boards of such important theatres as Opéra de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden London, Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan New York, Teatro Real de Madrid, Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Monnaie of Brussels, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Since 1998 he has been also a regular guest of Teatro alla Scala, where he performed in several celebrated productions including Le nozze di Figaro (Conte d’Almaviva), Don Giovanni (title role) and Nina, o sia la pazza per amore (Il conte) under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Il turco in Italia (Selim) and La gazza ladra (Gottardo) conducted by Riccardo Chailly, Don Carlo (Filippo II) conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. Refined interpreter of Rossini’s roles, Michele Pertusi has been a regular guest at Rossini Opera Festival in 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 was invited back to Pesaro for many productions such as Il viaggio a Reims, Petite Messe Solennelle, Le siège de Corinthe e La gazza Ladra. For his achievements there, he was awarded the “Rossini d’oro” Prize. 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), La damnation de Faust and Falstaff conducted by Colin Davis (LSO live).
Simon Boccanegra (Jacopo Fiesco) at Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Don Carlos (Philippe II) at Opéra de Lyon; recital and Mozart’s Mass in C minor K427 at La Scala; Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo) and Semiramide (Assur) at ROH Covent Garden London; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the London Philarmonic Orchestra; Jérusalem (Roger) at Festival Verdi Parma; Don Pasquale (title role) at Wiener Staatsoper; Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Auditori de Barcelona, conductor Kazushi Ono; La gazza ladra (Gottardo) and Don Carlo (Filippo II) at La Scala.
Don Pasquale (title role) in a new production at Opéra National de Paris and in Brussels; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio) and belcanto recital at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Macbeth (Banco) and Attila (title role) at Festival Verdi di Parma; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome; Ernani (Silva) at La Scala; Jérusalem in Moscow; I masnadieri (Massimiliano) at Palau de les Arts de Valencia; Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro Regio di Parma; I masnadieri at La Scala and in tour at Savonlinna Festival; Don Carlo at Teatro Real de Madrid; Jérusalem in Bilbao; Mozart’s Requiem with South Netherlands Philharmonic, conductor Michele Mariotti; Les Huguenots (Marcel) at Grand Théatre de Genève; La cenerentola (Alidoro) at Wiener Staatsoper; Maria Stuarda (Giorgio Talbot) at Metropolitan New York; I vespri siciliani (Procida) at Opera di Roma; Don Carlo at New National Theatre Tokyo; La forza del destino (Padre Guardiano) in Liege.