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Noted for his unerring musical instincts and the unmatched richness of his lush voice, Italian bass baritone ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO is widely celebrated as one of the most exciting artists performing before today’s public. Making his operatic debut in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni in the early 1990’s, Mr. D’Arcangelo’s great musicality and intelligent use of text to color a score quickly brought him to the attention of Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christopher Hogwood, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, and the late Sir Georg Solti. While particularly noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Rossini, his repertory today is expanding to encompass opera and symphonic repertory by Bellini, Berlioz, Boito, Donizetti, Gounod, Handel, Monteverdi, Stravinsky, Verdi, and Vivaldi.
Mr. D’Arcangelo regularly performs at La Scala di Milano, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Theater an der Wien, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Liceu Barcelona, London’s Royal Opera, the Opéra Bastille, as well as the Salzburg and Baden-Baden Festivals. The start of the 2013-14 season finds Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in Los Angeles for an internationally televised Verdi “Requiem” from the Hollywood Bowl with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angela Philharmonic. Thereafter, he will appear as the Toreador in Carmen at the Los Angeles Opera. He then returns to Rome for his first performances of Verdi’s Ernani with Maestro Riccardo Muti and ends 2013 in Vienna with Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Mr. D’Arcangelo remains in Vienna to welcome 2014 with Così fan tutte. The Rossini comedies – Il Turco in Italia and L’Italiana in Algeri bring him to London and Paris respectively while the Deutsche Oper Berlin present Mr. D’Arcangelo’s first performances of La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz. Summer brings a new Salzburg Festival production of Don Giovanni with Mr. D’Arcangelo in the title role.
Don Giovanni is central to Mr. D’Arcangelo’s repertory today. In autumn 2010 he premiered two new productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Wiener Staatsoper Opera and then in 2011 a new production conducted by Daniel Barenboim at La Scala, followed by a new Zeffirelli production at the Arena di Verona. Moreover, he recorded the title role for Deutsche Grammophon at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden which was released in early fall of 2012 to great critical acclaim.
The Italian bass-baritone continues to be an active recording artist. In addition to the aforementioned Don Giovanni, Deutsche Grammophon has released a solo album of Handel arias and asecond CD, “Mozartissimo”, dedicated to the composer with whom the Artist is most identified. EMI recently released a highly acclaimed Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” conducted by Antonio Pappano. Additionally, Mr. D'Arcangelo’s discography includes Haydn's L'Anima del filosofo (Hogwood), La Bohème (Chailly), Verdi's “Requiem” (Gergiev), and La Sonnambula on Decca; Le Nozze di Figaro (Harnoncourt) on DG; Rossini’s Otello and Bianca e Falliero on Opera Rara; Semiramide on Nightingale Classics and Verdi`s Il Trovatore (Pappano) and Vivaldi’s Bajazet (Biondi) on EMI.
A DVD of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanča from the Wiener Staatsoper has been released by Deutsche Grammophon in autumn 2011. Other DVDs include Bizet’s Carmen (Pappano) Rossini’s Tancredi; two other productions of Don Giovanni (Muti; Harding); Le nozze di Figaro (Harnoncourt); I Puritani; L’Elisir d’amore opposite Ms. Netrebko and Rolando Villazón from the Wiener Staatsoper.