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 and Tosca for The Royal Opera, and returns in the 2014/15 Season to conduct Rigoletto.
Benini studied in Italy and throughout his career has specialized in French and Italian repertory. He regularly conducts for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, La Scala, Milan, La Fenice, Venice, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Teatro San Carlo, Naples. He has also conducted at the Wexford Festival, the Rossini Festival, Pesaro, and for Glyndebourne Festival. His repertory includes many bel canto operas, such as Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’italiana in Algeri, Le Comte Ory, Maria Stuarda, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore, many Verdi operas, from comparative rarities such as Stiffelio to grand operas such as Don Carlos, and Puccini’s La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Tosca, among others.
Benini’s recordings include Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira and Mercadante’s Virginia for Opera Rara.
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