Biography

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Born in Montebelluna (TV), Renato Palumbo began his musical studies at a very young age, dedicating himself since adolescence to choral and orchestra direction and to musical theater making his debut on the podium of an opera, Il trovatore, when he was only nineteen years old.

While attaining his diplomas in Pianoforte Principale, Choral Music, Choral Directing, Composition and Music Directing he also experiences conducting and works as a piano accompanist, choir master and stage collaborator.

He matures an extensive knowledge of the opera theater, that remains at the center of his activity and his main passion, with a predilection for Verdi and Belcanto, but ranging from Mozart to Puccini and the Giovane Scuola.
His repertoire moreover includes less performed titles, including Giordano’s Il re e Mese Mariano, Franchetti’s Germania, Marschner’s Hans Heiling and especially Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable and Les huguenots.
However, he does not neglect the symphonic activity, from classicism to the 1900s, while traversing through the great romantic and late-romantic repertoire.

Guest of the main international theaters, from La Scala in Milan to the Paris Opéra, from Covent Garden in London to the Pesaro and Martina Franca festivals. From Washington, Chicago, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Beijing and Shanghai, Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao, to Genoa, Turin, Parma, Verona, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Cagliari and Bari.

In Bari Renato Palumbo was the first director to step on the podium of the rebuilt Petruzzelli theater, with a rehearsal of the Tosca (staged in September) – the last opera represented at the Piccinni Theater (before) the reopening of the maximum theater of the city..
The official inauguration of the theater with Turandot, on December 6, 2009 marks for Palumbo the ideal completion of a cycle that had opened with his youthful collaboration as a choir master of the Petruzzelli.

In 2006 he was appointed, first Italian General Music Director (after Giuseppe Sinopoli) of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

His international career began very early as musical director of the Istanbul State Opera of the Macau Festival in China, performing contemporaneously all over the world, from South Africa to Germany, from France to Japan and Spain.

In 1998 the Martina Franca festival invited him to return to Italy to direct Giordano’s Il re e Mese Mariano. The success obtained immediately confirms him as the director for Simon Boccanegra in its first version of 1857 and monumental operas such as Robert le diable and Meyerbeer’s Les huguenots.
He quickly excels onto the national scenes after having trained and made himself known internationally.
In 2002 he debuts at La Scala in Milan with a triumphant ripresa of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia with Mariella Devia, Michele Pertusi, Marcelo Alvarez and Daniela Barcellona; in 2003 he makes his first appearance with I lombardi alla prima crociata at the Teatro Regio in Parma, where he will return for La traviata, Il corsaro and Il trovatore, and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with Adina, which will be followed by Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra and Bianca e Falliero and Otello.
Among his main commitments in recent years we still mention Wolf Ferrari’s Sly in Turin and Rome, Les contes d’Hoffmann in Rome, Il trovatore, Rigoletto and Adriana Lecouvreur, Andrea Chènier, La Bohème, Tosca at the Regio in Turin, Lucrezia Borgia and Beatrice di Tenda at La Scala in Milan, Cenerentola and I vespri siciliani in Genoa, Nabucco and Manon Lescaut in Venice, Un ballo in maschera in Paris, Rigoletto in London, Attila, Macbeth and La traviata in Washington, Ernani, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci and Aida, in Chicago, La traviata, Rigoletto, Nabucco and Don Carlo at the Vienna State Opera, Manon Lescau, Norma, Aida, Un ballo in maschera in Barcelona, I due Foscari, La battaglia di Legnano and Un ballo in maschera in Bilbao . Les Huguenots, Tosca, La traviata and Otello in Madrid.
Since 2012 he has been steadily collaborating with Opera Australia where he will return soon to direct Attila, Maria Stuarda and Ernani in Sydney. In the next month of March he will inaugurate the season of the Colòn Theater in Buenos Aires with Verdi’s Nabucco.

Renato Palumbo is a “Cavaliere della Repubblica italiana” (knight of the Italian Republic) for his artistic merits.
His discography includes Simon Boccanegra, Il corsaro, La cenerentola, Bianca e Falliero, Adriana Lecouvreur, Robert le diable and Les Huguenots, Giordano’s il re e Mese Mariano, Marschner’s Hans Heiling, Franchetti’s Germania.

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