Renato Balsadonna, conductor

Renato Balsadonna

Represented By:

Fredrik Akselberg
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Renato Balsadonna is rapidly becoming a highly acclaimed symphonic and operatic conductor after being already recognised as the most esteemed Chorus Director of his generation.


As an opera conductor, his recent and upcoming engagements include Madame Butterfly and La Traviata for the Royal Opera House in London, Nabucco and Lucrezia Borgia for Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Tosca and Norma for Opera Nice, La Traviata and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Cincinnati Opera, Madame Butterfly for Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Lucia di Lammermoor for Teatro de La Maestranza Sevilla, and for Opéra Royal Wallonie de Liège, La Bohème for Opera North, La Sonnambula for Teatro Regio di Torino, I Pagliacci for Michigan Opera Detroit.

On the concert platform, he enjoys regular collaboration with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he released a CD. He also appears internationally with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra.

In the late autumn of 2020, Renato Balsadonna led the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the British-Italian spinto tenor Freddie de Tommaso’s debut album ‘Passione’ by Decca Classics.


Born in Venice, Balsadonna 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 Covent Garden in London, where he was their celebrated Chorus Director from 2004-2016. He also appeared as gust conductor with Frankfurt Opera, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, BBC Singers, the Accademia Nazionale of Santa Cecilia Chorus and Grant park Festival Chorus in Chicago. Maestro Balsadonna has further participated in numerous recording for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara, Chandos.


Ludwig van Beethoven – Overture Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 (Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Renato Balsadonna)


La bohème revival by Opera North – Nov. 2019

“…the orchestra under the direction of conductor Renato Balsadonna was superb and proved that one could understand the story by listening to the music alone. ”

– Amanda Hodgson,

La bohème revival by Opera North – Oct. 2019

“Renato Balsadonna conducted the Orchestra of Opera North to bring out all the colour and emotion of Puccini’s music, from arctic quiet to frenetic energy to pathetic intensity. He controlled the flowing mercury with efficiency, with some well-timed sudden jolts when required.”

-Richard Wilcocks, Bachtrack