Italian conductor Maurizio Benini made his Royal Opera debut in May 1999 conducting a concert performance of Un giorno di regno. He has since conducted La sonnambula, Roberto Devereux (in concert), Rigoletto, Luisa Miller, Faust, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Il turco in Italia, Tosca, Nabucco and Les Vêpres siciliennes for The Royal Opera. In the 2019/20 Season he conducts La traviata.
Benini specializes in French and Italian repertory. He regularly conducts for such opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, La Scala, Milan, Dutch Natonal Opera, Zürich Opera, La Fenice, Venice, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, and for Wexford Festival, the Rossini Festival, Pesaro, and Glyndebourne Festival. In addition to his Royal Opera repertory, he has conducted many bel canto operas, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’italiana in Algeri, La donna del lago, Le Comte Ory, Il pirata, I puritani, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore. He has also conducted Verdi operas, from comparative rarities such as Stiffelio to grand operas such as Don Carlos, Puccini’s La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Tosca, and verismo works including Adriana Lecouvreur and Zazà. His French repertory includes Faust and Manon.
Benini’s recordings include Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira and Mercadante’s Virginia for Opera Rara. He has also made several recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including La Cenerentola. He was named best conductor of the season by the Spanish press following his performances of Adriana Lecouvreur for the Liceu, Barcelona, in 2012.
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