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 and Nabucco for The Royal Opera. In the 2016/17 Season he conducts La traviata, and in the 2017/18 Season conducts Les Vêpres siciliennes.
Benini studied in Italy and throughout his career has specialized 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, La Fenice, Venice, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Teatro San Carlo, Naples, and for Wexford Festival, the Rossini Festival, Pesaro, and Glyndebourne Festival. His repertory includes many bel canto operas, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’italiana in Algeri, Le Comte Ory, I puritani, Maria Stuarda, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore, 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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