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Roberto Balconi (Counter-tenor)

Born: Milan, Italy

The Italian counter-tenot, Roberto Balconi, studied singing under Evelyn Tubb in England, Margaret Hayward, Paolo Vaglieri and Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan.

Roberto Balconi worked with ensembles like English Baroque Soloists, Il Giardino Armonico, Il Complesso Barocco, Consort of Musicke, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Aurora, Concerto Italiano (Director: Rinaldo Alessandrini), Europa Galante, Capella Savaria, performing in the most famous international festivals of Ancient Music and Opera Theatres like Holland Festival Oude Muziek, Festival van Vlaanderen, York Early Music Festival, Festival International de Musique Baroque Beaune, Brugge Festival, Opéra de Lyon, Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio in Milan, Berliner Tage fur Alte Musiek, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Berkeley Festival.

Roberto Balconi begun to sing Opera in 1993 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice in Traetta's Buovo Dantona under the direction of Alan Curtis. Then he sang and recorded the role of the Nutrice in Monteverdi's Incoronazione di Poppea conducted by John Eliot Gardiner (Cremona, Rome, Vien, London). He took part to the John Eccles' Semele (Mayfield Opera Festival), Peri's Euridice and Monteverdi's Orfeo (Teatro Regio di Torino) and Marco Marazzoli's Capriccio (San Francisco). In summer 1996 he took part to the French tour with The Nederlandse Bachvereniging singing J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) and A+ Messe under Gustav Leonhardt. Then he sang for the Settimane Bachiane with Il Giardino Armonico and Robert King. In 1997 he sang J.S. Bach's B-Messe (BWV 232) all around Holland with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging conducted by Iván Fischer. In the winter 1998 he was Athamas in George Frideric Handel's Semele for Vlamse Opera conducted by Marc Minkowski and directed by Robert Carsen. In 1999 he sang G.F. Handel's Israele in Egitto in Copenhagen, Stradella's Lo Schiavo Liberato at Modena Theatre and Liegi, La Morte di Adone with Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon. In 2000 he performed J.S. Bach's Cantatas inn New York and Boston under Gustav Leonhardt, J.S. Bach's Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden (BWV 1083) with Andrea Marcon, Stradella's Il Barcheggio in Rome and Milan with Ensemble Pian & Forte, G.F. Handel's Siroe for Teatro La Fenice conducted by Andrea Marcon directed by Jorge Lavelli.

Last year he took part to Monteverdi's Incoronazione conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, a tour and recording of Stradella's San Giovanni Battista with Claudio Astronio, a Spanish tour of Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, deutch cantatas arias and duets from G.F. Handel's operas with Fantazyas, a vocal and instrumental ensemble that he also conducts.

In his career Roberto Balconi recorded with: DG Archiv, Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi France, Opus 111, Nuova Era, Arcana, Glossa, Bongiovanni, Symphonia, Stradivarius, Arts, Tactus, Naxos and for many European issuing broadcasts and television emittents.

Source: Roberto Balconi Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Davide De Lucia


BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Roberto Balconi - Counter-tenor (Official Website) [English/Italian]


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