Acclaimed as one of the greatest singers in the present world lyric scene, 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 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. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious »Rodolfo Celletti« prize at Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca. Since 1998 he has been also a regular guest of Teatro alla Scala, where he performed in several celebrated productions including »Don Giovanni« (title role), »Le nozze di Figaro« (Conte d’Almaviva) and »Nina, o sia la pazza per amore« (Il conte) under the baton of Riccardo Muti, »Il turco in Italia« and »La gazza ladra« (Gottardo) conducted by Riccardo Chailly, »Don Carlo« (Filippo II) conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. Refined and outstanding interpreter of Rossini’s roles, Michele Pertusi is a regular guest of Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where he made his debut in 1992 as Assur in »Semiramide«, followed by »Moïse et Pharaon«, »Maometto II«, »Guillaume Tell«, »Il viaggio a Reims«, »Le siège de Corinthe«, »Torvaldo e Dorliska«, »La gazza ladra« and »Il barbiere di Siviglia«. For his achievements at ROF, he was awarded the »Rossini d’oro« Prize.In recent years Michele Pertusi has established himself as a outstanding interpreter of Verdi’s roles such as »Attila« (La Scala, La Fenice Venice, Festival Verdi, Opéra de Liege), Filippo II in »Don Carlo« (Festival Verdi, La Scala, Opéra de Lyon), Pagano in »I Lombardi alla prima crociata« (Parma, Macerata), Sparafucile in »Rigoletto« (Festival Verdi, Wiener Staatsoper), Fiesco in »Simon Boccanegra« (Wiener Staatsoper, Turin, Comunale di Bologna), Conte Walter in »Luisa Miller« (Bayerische Staatsoper Munich), Da Silva in »Ernani« (La Scala), Massimiliano in »I masnadieri« (La Scala, Valencia), Procida in »Les vêpres siciliennes« (Opera di Roma). LATEST PERFORMANCES: »Les Huguenots« at Grand Théatre de Genève; Les vêpres siciliennes at Opera di Roma with Daniele Gatti; »Jérusalem« at ABAO in Bilbao; »Nabucco« at Festival Verdi di Parma; »Don Carlo« at Teatro Real in Madrid; »I masnadieri« at La Scala and on tour at Savonlinna Festival; Don Pasquale at Opéra National de Paris and in Brussels; »Jérusalem« in Moscow; »Ernani« at La Scala; »Macbeth« and »Attila« at Festival Verdi Parma; »Lucia di Lammermoor« and »Semiramide« at ROH Covent Garden London.