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; Feb 2005).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.
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.