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Cast change: Michele Pertusi and Mirco Palazzi to sing in Semiramide

Italian basses to replace Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the role of Assur.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

3 November 2017 at 3.01pm | 5 Comments

Due to illness, Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo has had to withdraw from the role of Assur in Semiramide. The role will now be sung by Italian bass Michele Pertusi for all performances except 16 December, when it will be sung by Italian bass Mirco Palazzi. Mirco Palazzi will also replace Michele Pertusi as Raimondo Bidebent in Lucia di Lammermoor on 20, 24 and 27 November 2017.

Michele Pertusi has previously sung the role of Assur at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 as the four villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and has since returned to sing Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Count Rodolfo in La sonnambula. This Season he returned to sing Raimondo Bidebent in Lucia di Lammermoor for the Company, and will sing this role on 8, 11 and 15 November.

Mirco Palazzi has previously sung the role of Assur for Opera di Firenze, Opéra de Bordeaux and at a concert performance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Mark Elder at the BBC Proms in 2016. He makes his Royal Opera debut in the role of Raimondo Bidebent in Lucia di Lammermoor on 20 November, replacing Michele Pertusi.

The rest of the cast remains unchanged.

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By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

3 November 2017 at 3.01pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by David Alden, cast change, Production, Semiramide

This article has 5 comments

  1. Loge responded on 3 November 2017 at 6:05pm Reply

    Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s cancellation was very much expected and not surprising at all. Bad casting choice from the ROH: they should have picked Alex Esposito from the very beginning as he sang superbly in Munich together with the same cast earlier this year.

    • John Davies responded on 10 November 2017 at 8:43pm

      Not too certain why you state Ildebrando's cancellation was expected! However I do agree, having been in Munich for opening night, that Alex Esposito would have been a good choice but he was probably pre booked for Figaro in Munich

  2. Jamal responded on 10 November 2017 at 9:43am Reply

    Thanks to this cast change, I'm now going to see this Semiramide. Pertusi is a giant Assur.

  3. Mervyn's Lang responded on 13 November 2017 at 7:17pm Reply

    When such a noble cast has been assembled, cancellations are norma. I have seen in theatre D'Arcangelo many times - he is reliable and a very convincing artist. His substitute Pertusi is no less convincing, he has sung Semiramide repeatedly always with memorable impact, in particular I treasure his performance 20 years ago in Pesaro

  4. Monika responded on 24 November 2017 at 11:44am Reply

    I completely agree with Mr. Lang's comment, I am of course a bit disappointed since Mr. D'Arcangelo is in a class of his own when it comes to bass-baritones, but opera singers are not machines. And hearing Mr. Petrusi perform tomorrow will be a great pleasure, too.

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