Renato Balsadonna is an Italian symphonic and operatic conductor, and has also been recognised as the most highly regarded Chorus Director of his generation.
Born in Venice, he first worked as a repetiteur at La Fenice, Venice, and Teatro Verdi, Trieste, before moving on to the post of Assistant Chorus Master in Basel. He also assisted Norbert Balatsch at the Bayreuth Festival (1999/2000).
Balsadonna then enjoyed a long working relationship with Sir Antonio Pappano, who appointed him Chorus Director at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels in 1997. Balsadonna later joined Pappano at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, where he was their celebrated Chorus Director from 2004-2016. Recognised in addition for his considerable gifts as an orchestral conductor, Balsadonna also conducted several Main Stage productions at The Royal Opera House, including I due Foscari, The Minotaur and Nabucco.
Away from The Royal Opera House, Balsadonna has had successful collaborations with numerous opera houses and orchestras as a guest conductor, including Don Quichotte for Grange Park Opera (2014).
As a symphonic conductor, Balsadonna works regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he released a CD in September 2016. He has recently made successful debuts with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and with the Spring Music Festival in Tokyo.
Highlights from the recent seasons include conducting successful performances of Don Carlo and Lucia di Lammermoor (Oper Frankfurt am Main), La Bohème (Teatro Verdi Trieste) and Nabucco and Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Tosca and Norma (Opera de Nice) as well as the Nabucco and Lucrezia Borgia performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
His recent and upcoming engagements include La Traviata at Cincinnati Opera, Madama Butterfly at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Don Giovanni at Teatro Filarmonico, La sonnambula at Teatro Regio di Torino, Nabucco and Turandot in Sofia, La bohème at Opera North and at Royal Opera House, Il barbiere di Siviglia at Cincinnati Opera, Midsummer night's dream at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, La Traviata at Royal Opera House, as well as several concerts also with Opera North and in the United States.
Appreciated for his stylistic and vocal knowledge he enjoyed fruitful collaborations with many renowned operatic artists among them Plácido Domingo, Maria Guleghina and Leo Nucci.
Maestro Balsadonna has further participated in numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara and Chandos.
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