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 intelligently 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 Milan, the Vienna State Opera, 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. During summer 2011, the bass-baritone from Pescara (Italy) appeared at the Baden-Baden Festival in the title role of Don Giovanni, conducted by Yannick Nézet. Later he went to Salzburg where he performed and televised Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Antonio Pappano conducting.
The start of the 2011-12 season finds Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in Los Angeles for Così fan tutte. Thereafter, he returns to Italy for the inauguration of the new La Scala season where he alternates between the title role and that of Leporello in a new Don Giovanni production conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He returns to Milan later in the season for the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro. Figaro also marks his return to the London’s Royal Opera in spring 2012 as L’Elisir d’Amore marks Mr. D’Arcangelo return to Baden Baden. Summer 2012 begins with a new Zeffirelli production of Don Giovanni at the Arena di Verona.
Don Giovanni is central to Mr. D’Arcangelo’s repertory today. In autumn 2010 he premiered two new productions at the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Vienna State Opera. Moreover, he has recorded the title role for Deutsche Grammophon due for a 2012 release.
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, “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 release of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanča from the Vienna State Opera will be released by Deutsche Grammophon in autumn 2011. Other DVDs include Bizet’s Carmen (Pappano) Rossini’s Tancredi; two 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 Vienna State Opera.