Italian bass Michele Pertusi made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 as the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and has since returned to sing Alidoro (La Cenerentola) and Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula). In the 2017/18 Season he sings Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor).
Pertusi studied piano and voice at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma, and voice with Arrigo Pola, Carlo Bergonzi and Rodolfo Celletti. He sings for international houses and companies including La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Real, Madrid, Liceu, Barcelona, Zürich Opera House, Paris Opéra, Teatro Regio, Turin, and Teatro Regio di Parma. His repertory encompasses many bel canto bass roles, including Oroveso (Norma), Sir Giorgio Walton (I puritani), Count Rodolfo, Alidoro, Assur (Semiramide), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Don Pasquale and Talbot (Maria Stuarda). He also regularly performs Verdi’s bass roles, including Oberto, Zaccaria (Nabucco), Silva (Ernani), Attila, Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Philip II (Don Carlo) and Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino). His other repertory includes Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust) and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte).
Pertusi has appeared regularly for the Rossini Festival, Pesaro, where he was awarded the Rossini d’Oro Prize. Other awards include the 1995 Abbiati International Prize. He has recorded for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Erato, Sony and Decca.