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"Al Regio una Sonnambula che convince"

“Se però questa Sonnambula riesce ad esercitare l'incanto di uno sguardo a perdita d'occhio nella contemplazione della bellezza melodica, lo si deve al direttore Renato Balsadonna e al suo fraseggio flessibile, con i respiri, le elasticità di tempo e i colori che creano varietà, naturalezza, e tolgono al discorso ogni sospetto di schematismo. Basta un niente per trasformare l'orchestra di Bellini in un organetto meccanico. L'altra sera, invece, voci e strumenti si fondevano in un respiro comune: davvero un ottimo risultato.”

"However, if this Sonnambula succeeds to exercise the charm of a look as far as the eye can see in the contemplation of melodic beauty it is due to the conductor Renato Balsadonna and to his flexible phrasing, with breaths, the elasticity of time and the colors that create variety, naturalness and take away all suspicion of schematism. It takes nothing to transform Bellini's orchestra into a mechanical organ. The other night, instead, voices and instruments merged in a common breath: a really wonderful result."

Paolo Gallarati - LA STAMPA 11/04/2019

"Balsadonna is Immersed in his Repertoire"

“It was clear from the rhythmic precision of the prelude not only that the orchestra was well run-in… but also that this would be a fast-moving, lithe, athletic account of Puccini’s great score, yet one touched by an elegant, instinctive feeling for rubato. Balsadonna is immersed in this repertoire – as he is in Verdi – and one can only hope he gets more chances to spread his conducting wings at Covent Garden. …the Flower Duet was almost as if Fiordiligi and Dorabella had taken a trip to Japan…encouraged by Balsadonna to indulge in natural, Italianate phrasing.”

Hugh Canning Opera Magazine July 2017 reviewing Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House

"Une Lecture Limpide"

“Dans la fosse, Renato Balsadonna impose une lecture limpide, faisant ressortir les nuances des pupitres de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice et soulignant les effets théâtraux d’une production somme toute conventionelle, mais parfaitment huilée. Le drame est là, à tout instant: que demander de plus?”

Jean-Marc Proust À la scène reviewing Tosca at Opéra de Nice

"Une des Grandes Satifactions de la Soirée"

“…la partie musicale est une des grandes satisfactions de la soirée. A la tête de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, le chef italien Renato Balsadonna déroule une forte et belle precision la double trame d’une partition tissée de leitmoifs, mais non moins articulée sur un lyrisme sensual recurrent.” 

Emmanuel Andrieu opera-online reviewing Tosca at Opéra de Nice

“The Highlight of the Evening”

“He conducted the last performance of Nabucco, keeping the orchestra on their toes in a rhythmically alert and exciting performance, and his choristers sang their hearts out for him in Va, pensiero - the highlight of the evening.”

Hugh Canning

The Sunday Times

“A Very Big, Bold, Vibrant Performance”

“Renato Balsadonna is clearly sympathetic to Massenet's music and drew a good sense of style from the singers and the orchestra. Though highly sympathetic to the singers, Balsadonna did not hang around, and the whole performance had wonderful gusto. There were many lovely orchestral moments… this was a very big, bold, vibrant performance.”

Planet Hugill

“Blend of Belligerence and Unmistakably French Lyricism”

“Balsadonna and his forces hooked us from the first with the blend of belligerence and unmistakeably French lyricism. The strings [had] real sheen in impassioned unison passages like the portrait of the protagonist as eternal sufferer.” 

The Arts Desk

“A Good Ear for Massenet's Orchestral Colours”

“Renato Balsadonna conducted with brio and style. From the first moments of the overture, the BBC Concert Orchestra impressed with the elan and brilliance of their performance. Balsadonna had a good ear for Massenet's orchestral colours and ensured that details counted whilst never lingering over much.”

Planet Hugill

“an Exceptional Conductor”

“Balsadonna proved here what an exceptional conductor he is…an excellent display of precision, drama, and musicality.”

Music OMH

“an Exciting and Propulsive Reading”

“Under Renato Balsadonna’s energetic baton, this was an exciting and propulsive reading.”

Classical Source