Renato Balsadonna is an Italian symphonic and operatic conductor. He is 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 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 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 (2014). He has developed also strong relationships with: Frankfurt Opera (Don Carlo, Lucia di Lammermoor), The Grant Park Festival Chicago, BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Chorus, Teatro Verdi 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,Venice (Madama Butterfly) Teatro de La Maestranza, Seville (Lucia di Lammermoor) Teatro Filarmonico,Verona (Don Giovanni) Teatro Regio, Turin (La Sonnambula)
His highlights in the 2016/2017 season included Madame Butterfly in London at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well as the Nabucco and Lucrezia Borgia performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
His highlights in the 2018/19 season included Madama Butterfly at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and La Sonnambula at Teatro Regio in Turin.
His upcoming engagements include further performances at the Mariinsky Theatre, La Bohème for Opera North in Leeds, Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Cincinnati Opera, as well as various concerts in Europe and the US.
Maestro Balsadonna has further participated in numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara and Chandos.