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An Italian symphonic and operatic conductor, Renato Balsadonna is also recognised as the most highly regarded Chorus Director of his generation. He has enjoyed a long working relationship with Sir Antonio Pappano, who appointed him Chorus Director at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in 1997, and Chorus Director at The Royal Opera House in 2004. During his tenure as Chorus Director of the Royal Opera House he gained recognition for his considerable gifts as an orchestral conductor, conducting a number of Main Stage productions at The Royal Opera House, including I due Foscari, The Minotaur and Nabucco. He also enjoys successful collaborations with numerous opera houses, choruses and orchestras as a guest conductor, including Oper Frankfurt am Main, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Teatro Verdi Trieste, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
08 Jan 2017
Renato Balsadonna will make his guest conducting debut at the Opera de Nice this month, conducting four performances of Puccini’s Tosca on 18, 20, 22 and 24 January. For full details and...
14 Sep 2016
Renato Balsadonna will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall on 15 September. This Opera Gala evening celebrates his new recording with the orchestra, which has just been...
05 Jun 2016
After his recent success conducting La Bohème in Trieste, Renato Balsadonna will conduct the final night of Daniele Abbado’s powerful production of Verdi’s epic Nabucco at the...
27 Apr 2016
This May, Renato Balsadonna leads the chorus and Orchestra from the Fondazione Teatro Lirico “Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste” in eight performances of La Bohème. Six performances will take...
19 Apr 2016
Renato Balsadonna takes up the baton to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Fairfield Halls on 20 April. This special concert will be an Opera Gala evening featuring a range of...
16 Dec 2015
Renato Balsadonna will be conducting a series of opera performances in his debut at the Oper Frankfurt am Main starting in January 2016. He will be conducting...
15 Oct 2015
ICA is delighted to announce its new partnership with Italian symphonic and operatic conductor Renato Balsadonna, who joins the company’s roster for worldwide General Management. Recognised...
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Renato Balsadonna is an Italian symphonic and operatic conductor, also 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 Nortbert 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 in 1997. Balsadonna later joined Pappano at The Royal Opera House, 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 a number of 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 (2013/2014). Notable choruses with whom Balsadonna has developed a strong relationship include the Frankfurt Opera Chorus, the BBC Singers, the Netherlands Radio Choir, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Chorus.
As a symphonic conductor, Balsadonna works regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he released a CD with in September 2016. Highlights from his 2015/2016 season include conducting a number of successful performances of Don Carlo and Lucia di Lammermoor (Oper Frankfurt am Main), La Bohème (Teatro Verdi Trieste) and Nabucco (Royal Opera House). His upcoming highlights in the 2016/2017 season include Tosca (Opera de Nice) and Madame Butterfly (ROH), and a London performance with the RPO.
Balsadonna has further participated in numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara and Chandos.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
RPO, September 2016
Orchestre Symphonique et Choeurs de La Monnaie
Stradivarius, May 2011
Orchestre Symphonique et Choeurs de La Monnaie
Decca, February 2001