Bass

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

Introduction

Hailed by critics for his stage presence and glorious basso cantabile, Ildebrando has been particularly renowned for the Mozart roles of Figaro, Count Almaviva, Leporello and Don Giovanni. In recent years he has added the great Verdi roles of Attila, Fiesco Simon Boccanegra and Banco Macbeth as well as  Méphistophélès Faust and La Damnation de Faust to his repertoire.

Throughout his distinguished career he has appeared at the Wiener Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra national de Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro Real Madrid and Metropolitan Opera New York with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Tugan Sokhiev and Antonio Pappano.

This season he will sing his first Filippo II Don Carlos at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Dulcamara Elisir d’Amore.


Performance Schedule

Discography

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    DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore (DVD)

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 18 Aug 14

    Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado

    Adina: Miah Persson
    Nemorino: Rolando Villazón
    Dulcamara: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Belcore: Roman Trekel
    Giannetta: Regula Mühlemann

    Balthasar Neumann Chor und Ensemble

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    VERDI Messa Da Requiem

    Label: C Major Entertainment

    Release Date: 04 Nov 13

    Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel

    Soprano: Julianna DiGiacomo
    Mezzo soprano: Michelle DiYoung
    Tenor: Vittorio Grigolo
    Bass-baritone: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic

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    MOZART Don Giovanni

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 07 Sep 12

    Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Don Giovanni: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Il Commendatore: Vitalij Kowaljow
    Donna Anna: Diana Damrau
    Don Octavio: Rolando Villazón
    Donna Elvira: Joyce DiDonato
    Leporello: Luca Pisaroni
    Masetto: Konstantin Wolff
    Zerlina: Mojca Erdmann

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

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    MOZART

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 02 May 11

    Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

    Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino

     

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    PUCCINI La Bohème

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 24 Mar 11

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Mimi: Angela Gheorghiu
    Rodolfo: Roberto Alagna
    Marcello: Simon Keenlyside
    Schaunard: Roberto de Candia
    Colline: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Musetta: Elisabetta Scano
    Benoit/Alcindoro: Alfredo Mariotti
    Parpignol: Alberto Ragona
    Doganiere: Franco Podda
    Sergente: Gianfranco Valentini

    Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano

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    ROSSINI Stabat Mater

    Label: Warner Classics

    Release Date: 08 Nov 10

    Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    Soprano: Anna Netrebko
    Mezzo soprano: Joyce DiDonato
    Tenor: Lawrence Brownlee
    Bass-baritone: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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    ROSSINI Armida

    Label: Sony Music Classical

    Release Date: 04 Jan 10

    Conductor: Daniele Gatti

    Goffredo: Donald Kaasch
    Rinaldo: Gregory Kunde
    Idraote: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Armida: Renée Fleming
    Gernando: Jeffrey Francis
    Eustazio: Carlo Bosi
    Ubaldo: Iorio Zennaro
    Carlo: Bruce Fowler
    Astarotte: Sergey Zadvorny

    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna

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    HANDEL Arie italiane per basso

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 28 Sep 09

    Conductor: Federico Maria Sardelli

    Bass-baritone: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    Modo Antiquo

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    BELLINI La Sonnambula

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 10 Nov 08

    Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi

    Amina: Cecilia Bartoli
    Elvino: Juan Diego Flórez
    Il conte Rodolfo: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Lisa: Gemma Bertagnolli
    Teresa: Liliana Nikiteanu

    Orchestra La Scintilla

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    BIZET Carmen

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 15 Sep 08

    Conductor: Antonio Pappano
    Director: Francesca Zambello

    Carmen: Anna Caterina Antonacci
    Don Jose: Jonas Kaufmann
    Escamillo: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Micaela: Norah Amsellem

    Orchestra & Chorus of the
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

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    MOZART Don Giovanni

    Label: TDK

    Release Date: 20 Nov 07

    Conductor: Riccardo Muti

    Don Giovanni: Carlos Álvarez
    Il Commendatore: Franz-Josef Selig
    Donna Anna: Adrianne Pieczenka
    Don Ottavio: Michael Schade
    Donna Elvira: Anna Caterina Atonacci
    Leporello: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Zerlina: Angelika Kirchschlager
    Masetto: Lorenzo Ragazzo

    Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper

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    MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 11 Jun 07

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    Figaro: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Susanna: Anna Netrebko
    Il Conte di Almaviva: Bo Skovhus
    La Contessa: Dorothea Röschmann
    Cherubino: Christine Schäfer
    Marcellina: Marie McLaughlin
    Bartolo: Franz-Josef Selig
    Basilio: Patrick Henckens
    Don Curzio: Oliver Ringelhahn
    Antonio: Florian Boesch
    Barbarina: Eva Liebau

    Wiener Philharmoniker

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    MOZART Don Giovani

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 13 Feb 07

    Conductor: Daniel Harding

    Don Giovanni: Thomas Hampson
    Leporello: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Commendatore: Robert Lloyd
    Donna Anna: Christine Schäfer
    Don Ottavio: Piotr Beczala
    Donna Elvira: Melanie Diener
    Zerlina: Isabel Bayrakdarian
    Masetto: Luca Pisaroni

    Wiener Philharmoniker

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    ROSSINI Semiramide

    Label: Nightingale Classics

    Release Date: 26 Jul 06

    Conductor: Marcello Panni

    Semiramide: Edita Gruberova
    Arsace: Bernadette Manca Di Nissa
    Azema: Helene Le Corre
    Assur: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Idreno: Juan Diego Florez
    Oroe: Julian Konstantinov
    Mitrane: Jose Guadalupe Reyes
    Schatten des Ninos: Andreas Jankowitsch

    Vienna Concert Choir & Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

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    VERDI Messa da Requiem

    Label: RCA Red Seal Records

    Release Date: 30 Aug 05

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    Soprano: Ewa Mei
    Mezzo soprano: Bernarda Fink
    Tenor: Michael Schade
    Bass-baritone: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    Wiener Philharmoniker & Arnold Schoenberg Chor

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    PUCCINI Tosca

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 06 May 03

    Conductor: Zubin Mehta

    Cavaradossi: Andrea Bocelli
    Tosca: Fiorenza Cedolins
    Scarpia: Carlo Guelfi
    Angelotti: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

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    Il Sibilo: The Whisper

    Label: Opera Rara

    Release Date: 02 Dec 02

    Soprano: Nuccia Focile
    Soprano: Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi
    Tenor: Paul Charles Clarke
    Bass-baritone: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    Piano: David Harper

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    VERDI Il Trovatore

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 05 Aug 02

    Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    Manrico: Roberto Alagna
    Leonora: Angela Gheorhiu
    Il Conte di Luna: Thomas Hampson
    Azucena: Larissa Diadkova
    Ferrando: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Ines: Federica Proietti
    Ruiz: Enrico Facini
    Un vecchio zingaro: Riccardo Simonetti
    Un messo: Andrew Busher

    London Symphony Orchestra

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    ROSSINI Bianca e Falliero

    Label: Opera Rara

    Release Date: 01 Oct 01

    Conductor: David Parry

    Bianca: Majella Cullagh
    Falliero: Jennifer Larmore
    Contareno: Barry Banks
    Capellio: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Constanza: Gabriella Colecchia
    Priuli: Simon Bailey
    Pisani: Ryland Davies
    Loredano: Dominic Natoli

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

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    VERDI Messa da Requiem

    Label: Phillips

    Release Date: 26 Mar 01

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev

    Soprano: Renée Fleming
    Mezzo-soprano: Olga Borodina
    Tenor: Andrea Bocelli
    Bass-baritone: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    Kirov Orchestra and Chorus

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    VERDI Rigoletto

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 20 Oct 98

    Conductor: James Levine

    Duke of Manuta: Luciano Pavarotti
    Rigoletto: Vladimir Chernov
    Gilda: Cheryl Studer
    Sparafucile: Roberto Scandiuzzi
    Matto Borsa:Paul Groves
    Count Monterone: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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    MOZART Don Giovanni

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 02 May 98

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado

    Don Giovanni: Simon Keenlyside
    Donna Anna: Carmela Remigio
    Donna Elvira: Soile Isokoski
    Zerlina: Patrizia Pace
    Don Ottavio: Uwe Heilmann
    Leporello: Bryn Terfel
    Masetto: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Commendatore: Matti Salminen

    Ferrara Musica Chorus & Chamber Orchestra of Europe

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    HAYDN L'Anima Del Filosofo

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 02 Nov 97

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood

    Euridice: Cecilia Bartoli
    Orfeo: Uwe Heilmann
    Creonte: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

    The Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra and Chorus

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    MOZART Don Giovanni

    Label: Archiv Produktion

    Release Date: 27 Jun 95

    Conductor: John Elliot Gardiner

    Don Giovanni: Rodney Gilfry
    Il Commendatore: Andrea Silvestrelli
    Donna Anna: Luba Orgonasova
    Donna Elvira: Charlotte Margiono
    Don Ottavio: Christoph Prégardien, Leporello: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Masetto: Julian Clarkson
    Zerlina: Eirian James

    The Monteverdi Choir & The English Baroque Soloists

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    VERDI Otello

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 11 Oct 94

    Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung

    Otello: Plácido Domingo
    Desdemona: Cheryl Studer
    Jago: Sergie Leiferkus
    Emilia: Denyce Graves
    Cassio: Ramón Vargas
    Roderigo: Michael Schade
    Lodovico: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Montano: Gioacomo Prestia
    Un Araldo: Philippe Duminy

    Orchestre et Choeurs
    de l’Opéra Bastille

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    ROSSINI Armida

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 04 Oct 94

    Conductor: Daniele Gatti

    Goffredo: Donald Kaasch
    Rinaldo: Gregory Kunde
    Idraote: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    Armida: Renée Fleming
    Gernando: Jeffrey Francis
    Eustazio: Carlo Bosi
    Ubaldo: Jorio Zennaro
    Carlo: Bruce Fowler
    Astarotte: Sergey Zadvorny

    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Communale di Bologna

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    18 May 18 VERDI Don Carlo
    Deutsche Oper Berlin

    “Ildebrando d’Arcangelo brought dramatic interest in presenting a virile, handsome Philip II…”
    Hugo Shirley, Bach Track, 20 May 2018

    “Ildebrando D’Arcangelo was a magnificent King Philip II with his warm bass, strong stage presence and ability to be subtle. His Act 3 aria “Ella giammai m’amo” was extremely moving. His phrasing of “No, amor per me non ha,” was shattering.”
    Ossama el Naggar, Concerto Net, 18 May 2018

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    25 Mar 18 VERDI Macbeth
    Royal Opera House

    ” Ildebrando D’Arcangelo makes a properly baleful Banquo…”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 26 March 2018

    “…Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s Banquo is exquisitely sung…”
    Michael Church, The Independent, 26 March 2018

    “The prince among the men, however, was Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, a Banquo whose premature demise left a cruel gap in the sound picture. The Italian bass-baritone was on irresistible form…”
    Mark Valencia, Whats On Stage, 26 March 2018

    “Ildebrando D’Arcangelo was a deluxe Banquo…”
    Flora Wilson, Opera, May 2018

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    16 Jan 18 DONIZETTI L’Elisir d’Amore
    Metropolitan Opera

    “Things began to turn around with the brilliant appearance of Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Dulcamara. A real charlatan in every sense, his unscrupulous portrayal of the sham doctor wasn’t so much a dazzling miracle worker as a smooth operator, more Harold Hill than Wizard of Oz. D’Arcangelo has an ideal voice for a comic role like this one, a firm bass with a rich grain and full body. His closing number, “Ei correge ogni difetto,” the catalogue of his potion’s limitless applications, was delivered with delicious sleaze.”
    Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review, 17 January 2018

    “Ildebrando D’Arcangelo was…entertaining as the traveling snake-oil salesman Dulcamara…”
    James R. Oestreichjan, New York Times, 17 January 2018

    “From his entrance, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Doctor Dulcamara charmed the village, and the audience, with his style and seeming-magic. As he pattered off about his knowledge and the powers of his potions with impeccable diction, he led the reaching crowd about with a bottle of simple Bordeaux. He showcased a sturdy bass that was unstoppable throughout the evening and his energy made him the center of attention in a number of scenes and by the fall of the curtain almost all, himself included, were under his spell.”
    Logan Martell, Opera Wire, 22 January 2018

     

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    13 Sep 17 MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro
    Grand Théâtre de Genève

    “Of all singers, it could be said that Ildebrando d’Arcangelo has the most star power. His Count was persuading, menacing, jealous … His technique is superb: projection is strong and his tone has depth and resonance. The devilishly difficult vocalizing in the Act III aria was superlative.”

    Antoine Lévy-Leboyer, Seen and Heard International, 19 September 2017

    “… le baryton-basse italien Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Le comte) s’affirme dès son entrée en scène et convainc de bout en bout, ne serait-ce que par l’autorité de l’accent : la voix est notamment suffisamment sonore pour conférer la majesté requise par son grand air « Vedro mentr’io sospiro ».”

    “…the Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (The Count) asserts himself as soon as he enters the stage and his acting was convincing from end to end. His sonorous and magestic singing show his authority which was particularly evident in the great aria Vedro mentr’io sospiro.”

    Emmanuel Andrieu, Opera Online, 19 September 2017

     

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    15 Jul 17 MOZART Don Giovanni
    San Francisco Opera

    “The magnetic international star gave a full-powered performance from start to finish. His looks, charm, and big, rich sound combined to make an appealing and refreshingly complex portrait of the sex-addicted Don.”
    Philip Campbell, Bay Area Reporter, 15 June 2017

    “Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, also making his SFO debut, sings the title role with suavity. His beckoning and full-throated bass-baritone luxuriates in the panoply of moods and emotions that such a confident cad requires – petulance, desire, boldness, sweetness, and charm.”
    Opera Wire, 13 June 2017

    “Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, the Don Giovanni, was seductive, defeated and unrepentant.”
    Michael Milenski, Opera Today, 11 June 2017

    “… The Italian artist merges the character’s distinguishing traits – sensuality and sexual swagger, a rapacious appetite and an undeniable sense of entitlement – with a vocal performance of dark, muscular sound and smooth Italiante phrasing.”
    Georgia Rowe, Mercury News, 5 June 2017

    “The Italian bass-baritone was in fine fettle vocally and he delivered an athletic stage presence — his performance undiminished through the afternoon.”
    Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice, 6 June 2017

     

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    26 Oct 16 VERDI Macbeth
    Los Angeles Opera

    “Ildebrando D’Arcangelo was a thought-provoking Banquo who sang with bronzed stentorian tones.”
    Maria Nockin, Opera Today, 26 October 2016

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    13 Aug 16 MOZART Don Giovanni
    Salzburg Festival

    “I due ruoli maschili principali, Don Giovanni e Leporello, sono stati interpretati nuovamente da Ildebrando d’Arcangelo e Luca Pisaroni. Ben pochi bassi cantanti potrebbero farlo meglio di loro, come hanno confermato mostrandosi in forma spettacolare per questa recita.”
    Luis Gutierrez, Ape Musicale, 13 August 2016

    “La basse italienne Ildebrando d’Arcangelo campe un Don Giovanni vocalement très solide, avec un timbre magnifiquement sombre, beaucoup de charme dans la voix et dans le physique, une énergie, une présence scénique remarquables qui rendent le personnage aussi attachant que convaincant.”
    Claude Jottrand, Forum Opera, 13 August 2016

    “The ace of this Salzburg revival is the tour-de-force showing by Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role – now, arguably at his zenith in this particular part both vocally and interpretively. Whether in full thrust forte or in sotto voce asides, he dominates the action with aplomb in a performance combining nonchalant stage craft, superb vocal prowess, and the physical attributes to make him an ideal Don – if not indeed, THE Giovanni of our day.”
    Moore Parker, The Opera Critic, 9 August 2016

     

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    19 Jun 15 GOUNOD Faust
    Deutsche Oper Berlin

    “Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, in his shirtless tux, was charismatic and stern as Méphistophélès, delivering his numbers with a voice that was frequently lusty…”
    Jesse Simon, Mundoclasico, 7 July 2017

     

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    12 Apr 15 ROSSINI Il turco in Italia
    Royal Opera House

    “The bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is in virile voice as the predatory Selim…”
    John Allison, The Telegraph, 16 April 2015

    “Which leaves the title character, Selim, who rolls in on his yacht and can seduce the world with a sideways glance. He is played with Turkish delight and fabulous intonation by Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, a singer whose rugged looks and silken bass easily explain his (Selim’s, that is) success with the ladies. D’Arcangelo’s scenes with Kurzak are awash with chemistry and star quality: when they hold the stage together, however ridiculous the situation, you believe them.”
    Mark Valencia, Whats On Stage, 12 April 2015

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    24 Feb 15 MOZART Don Giovanni
    San Diego Opera

    “In this production, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s Don was a bon vivant as well as a womanizer who sang with consistently satisfying resonant, polished tones.”
    Maria Nockin, Opera Today, 24 Feburay 2015

    “But the way a superb Ildebrando D’Arcangelo portrayed him, with a zest for life, an appetite for women, and as an individual who is absolutely true to himself, his character was hard to despise.

    That reflects not only the skill of D’Arcangelo, who anchored a satisfying, strongly cast production directed by Nicholas Muni and conducted by Daniele Callegari; it’s the genius of Mozart.”
    James Chute, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 February 2015