Renato Palumbo


He made his debut on the podium with Il trovatore when he was only nineteen years old. Since then, he developed an intense career with a vast repertoire in the most important Italian and international theatres, such as alla Scala in Milan, Opera in Paris, Covent Garden in London and festivals in Pesaro and Martina Franca. Also in Washington, Chicago, Berlin, Tokyo, Bilbao, Barcelona, Genoa, Turin, Parma, Venice, Verona, Florence, Naples and Bari, where he opened the first opera season in the renovated Petruzzelli Theatre with Turandot.
His approach is not dogmatic but strict and absolute respectfull for the score. He focuses his attention on the melodramatic side of the dramaturgy and its evolution across the European scene, from Rossini to Marschner, from Donizetti and Bellini to Verdi, Meyerbeer, Puccini and Giordano. In the same spirit, he devotes himself to symphonic music, from Viennese classicism to Mahler and Hindemith, as well as the great German romantic and pre-romantic repertoire: Dvořák, Grieg, Tchaikovsky.
He is Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana on artistic merits.
His recent and future commitments are: Tosca and Rigoletto in Turin, Anna Boleyn in Sydney and La Traviata in Bologna, Naples and Washington. He has been acclaimed for the production of Rigoletto in Turin directed by John Turturro. He went back to Sydney for a new production of Anna Boleyn and will return to Florence for Rigoletto.
His discography includes Robert le diable and Les Huguenots (Meyerbeer), Hans Heiling (Marschner), Germania (Franchetti), La Cenerentola, Bianca e Falliero (Rossini), Simon Boccanegra by Verdi (first version, 1857) and Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) recorded at the alla Scala Theatre.