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 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. Las seasont conducted number of successful performances, including Don Carlo and Lucia di Lammermoor (Oper Frankfurt), La Bohème (Teatro Verdi Trieste) and Nabucco (Royal Opera House). Highlights for the 2016-2017 season include Tosca (Opera de Nice) and Madame Butterfly (Royal Opera House), and a London performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Balsadonna has participated in numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara and Chandos.