Michele Pertusi is one of the foremost Italian singers to have come on the scene during the 1990s. His technique, style and steady tone define him as a significant singer, whose instrument will likely grow and darken over time.
Pertusi began his career began at an early age. He studied with Carlo Bergonzi, Arrigo Pola, and Rodolfo Celletti. He built up his vocal technique and established a process for examining the psychology of the figures he was to portray. By his mid-30s, he had debuted at Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. By that time, Pertusi had already begun to receive invitations from conductors of world-class renown such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Semyon Bychkov, James Levine, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Colin Davis, and Georg Solti.
In Italy, Pertusi has been strongly associated with the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, where he has sung many principal roles. He was awarded the Rossini d'Oro Prize for his achievements at that festival. He also regularly performs at the Festival di Torrechiara, where he performed in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2003.
Since his late twenties, Pertusi has been recording on the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Erato, Sony, Decca, Mondo Musicale, and Ricordi labels. He recorded Selim in Il turco in Italia with conductor Riccardo Chailly, having given a weel-received performance of the same work at La Scala in Milan. He made live recordings in Pesaro singing the title roles in Rossini'sMoïse et Pharaon, and in Rossini's Maometto II. Pertusi was awarded the Abbiati International Prize in 1995.