Biography

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Driven by passion and calling for music, Renato Palumbo devoted himself soon to the study of singing, orchestral and chorus conducting, piano and composition, together with a passionate interest in all the aspects of Opera Theatre till his debut on the podium with Il trovatore when he was only nineteen.

From that moment on, Renato Palumbo embarks on a great career, interpreter of a huge repertoire, guest of the most important international theatres, such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Covent Garden in London, Liceu de Barcelona, Washington National Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Tokio, Bilbao, Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Teatro Regio in Turin and in Parma, Maggio Musicale in Florence, La Fenice in Venice, San Carlo in Naples, Martina Franca Festival, Rossini Opera Festival and the Arena in Verona. In 2009, he also inaugurated, conducting Turandot, the new Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, rebuilt after the fire of 1991.

Renato Palumbo’s vocation concerns in a non-dogmatic but strict attitude of absolute respect for the score and focuses its attention to the aspect of the dramaturgy of Melodrama and to its evolution in the whole European panorama, from Rossini to Marschner, from Donizetti and Bellini to Verdi, Meyerbeer, Puccini and Giordano. With the same spirit he devotes himself to the symphonic music, from Viennese classicism to Mahler and Hindemith, passing through the big romantic and pre-romantic German repertoire, Dvoràk, Grieg, Tchaikovsky.

Another remarkable peculiarity of Renato Palumbo as a conductor and didactically speaking is the interest in Melodrama also from the vocal point of view.

He has been decorated Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana for his artistic merits.

 

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