Renato Balsadonna is an Italian symphonic and operatic conductor, also recognised as the most highly regarded choir master of his generation. Born in Venice, he first worked as a repetiteur at La Fenice, Venice, and Teatro Verdi, Trieste, before moving on to Assistant Chorus Master posts in Treviso and Basel.
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 has been their celebrated Chorus Director since 2004.
Now in his final season as Chorus Director of the Royal Opera House, during his tenure Balsadonna has prepared the Royal Opera Chorus for all of their productions with The Royal Opera. Recognised in addition for his considerable gifts as an orchestral conductor, Balsadonna has 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 choirs and orchestras as a guest conductor. In the 2013/2014 season, he conducted Don Quichotte for Grange Park Opera and assisted Norbert Balatsch at the Bayreuth Festival. Notable choirs 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 is recording during the 2015/2016 season. Other forthcoming highlights of the include conducting performances of Don Carlo and Lucia di Lammermoor (Oper Frankfurt am Main), La Bohème (Teatro Verdi Trieste), and Madame Butterfly (Royal Opera House).
Balsadonna has further participated in numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Opera Rara and Chandos.