Renato Balsadonna

Renato Balsadonna


„An exceptional conductor“ (Music OMH): Rapidly coming to worldwide recognition as one of the most versatile opera and symphonic conductors of his generation, Renato Balsadonna is critically acclaimed for the „detail and passion“ (The Sunday Times), the „exciting and propulsive reading“ (Classical Source) of his interpretations in a wide range of repertoire, bringing out „all the colour and emotion of Puccini’s music“ (Bachtrack) but also „hooking“ the audience „with a blend of belligerence and unmistakingly French lyricism“ (The Arts Desk) „in the contemplation of melodic beauty and his flexible phrasing, the elasticity of time and colours“ (La Stampa). 

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Recent and upcoming season highlights for Renato Balsadonna include performances of La Traviata at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Bohème for Opera North in Leeds, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night‘s Dream in a concert performance at Tiroler Festspiele Erl with famed Austrian actor Cornelius Obonya, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Cincinnati Opera, as well as various symphonic concerts in Europe, Japan and the United States.

Renato Balsadonna enjoys particularly close relationships with Frankfurt Opera (Don Carlo, Lucia di Lammermoor), The Grant Park Festival Chicago, BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Chorus, Teatro Verdi in Trieste (La Bohème), Opera de Nice (Norma), Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London (Madama Butterfly), Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (Nabucco, Lucrezia Borgia), Cincinnati Opera (La Traviata), Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Madama Butterfly), Teatro de La Maestranza, Sevilla (Lucia di Lammermoor), Teatro Filarmonico di Verona (Don Giovanni), and Teatro Regio di Torino (La Sonnambula).

As a symphonic conductor, Balsadonna works regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, having released a first CD with the orchestra in 2016, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, and with the Orchestra of Opera North.

Renato Balsadonna has participated in numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara and Chandos. He conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in British-Italian tenor Freddie de Tommaso’s award-winning Decca recording „Passione“, to great critical acclaim: „There is a bonus in the glamorous orchestration, which are period 1950s and delivered with élan by Renato Balsadonna and the London Philharmonic Orchestra“ (Financial Times); „Renato Balsadonna and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conjure up a chilling fog to swirl through the song.“ (BBC Music Magazine)

Born in Venice, Renato Balsadonna first worked as a repetiteur at Teatro La Fenice of his hometown, and at Teatro Verdi, Trieste, before moving on to the post of Assistant Chorus Master in Basel. He assisted Norbert Balatsch at the 1999 and 2000 Bayreuth Festival. Mr. Balsadonna enjoyed a long working relationship with Sir Antonio Pappano, who appointed him Chorus Director at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie/De Munt in 1997. Balsadonna later joined Pappano at London‘s Royal Opera House, where he was their celebrated Chorus Director from 2004-2016. Recognised in addition for his considerable gifts as an orchestral conductor, Mr. Balsadonna also conducted a number of main stage productions at Covent Garden, including I due Foscari, The Minotaur and Nabucco.


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