Manlio Benzi, Italian conductor. APA Artists' Management Alexandra Mercer - www.apaartistsmanagement.com/manliobenzi/




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Irini Karaianni
Larisa Kostyuk
Claudia Marchi
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Salvatore Cordella
César Gutiérrez
Michael Heim
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Marcin Bronikowski
Davide Damiani
Dimitri Platanias


Johannes von Duisburg
Sebastian Holecek


Gary Jankowski
Luiz-Ottavio Faria


Manlio Benzi
Thomas Sanderling
Jonathan Santagada


Dieter Kaegi


Manlio Benzi

Conductor

www.manliobenzi.it

Video (YouTube):
www.youtube.com/results?search_query=manlio+benzi


Graduating from Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito di Parma he gained first class honours from the University degli Studi di Parma, going on to the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He founded the Erlebnis Chamber Orchestra specialising in 20th century and contemporary music and also founded the Notti Malatestiane Festival in Rimini. He has conducted opera and symphony throughout Italy and recently made a considerable impression conducting L’Orfeo e Euridice for L’Opéra National de Paris (Garnier) and later at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. He also received considerable acclaim for his concerts with L’Orchestra National de France at both the Théàtre des Champs Elysées and the Théâtre du Châtelet, conducting a programme of Schubert, Liszt and Sibelius. In 2014 he returned to Paris for the reprise of L’Orfeo e Euridice and conducted the Orchestra of the Opéra de Paris for the Atelier Lyrique. He also made a return to Theater Erfurt to conduct Verdi's Don Carlo and conducted a tour of Falstaff in Italy. In London he appears regularly with Opera Holland Park where he is greatly appreciated. Operas he has conducted with the company are Mascagni’s Zanetto and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly, Adriana Lecouvreur and Aida. He recently made his debut at Staatstheater Stuttgart, conducting Cenerentola and also at the Aalto Theater Essen where he conducted La Boheme. He will go to the Göteborg Opera for Madama Butterfly and to The Danish National Opera for Cenerentola.

Opera repertory includes:

AMICA (Mascagni)

AIDA

ATTILA

ANDREA CHENIER

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

LA BOHEME


I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

CENERENTOLA

DON CARLO


DON PASQUALE

FALSTAFF



FIDELIO


GIANNI SCHICCHI

LA GIOCONDA

ITALIANA IN ALGERI

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR



MACBETH

MADAMA BUTTERFLY




MARCELLA (Giordano)

MESE MARIANO (Giordano)

NABUCCO

ORFEO ED EURIDICE


I PAGLIACCI

PARSIFAL


POLYEUCTE (Gounod)

IL PRINCIPE PORCARO (Rota)



I PURITANI

LA REINE DE SABA (Gounod)

RIGOLETTO

LA SERVA PADRONA


SIBERIA (Giordano)

SIGNOR BRUSCHINO

TOSCA



LA TRAVIATA


IL TROVATORE

ZANETTO


Festival della Valle d'Itria, Martina Franca

Opera Holland Park

Aquileia (UD) Piazza Capitolo

Theater Erfurt

Teatro Nazionale di Tblisi

Aalto Theater Essen;
Estonian National Opera

Opera North;
Opera Ireland

Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad

Staatstheater Stuttgart

Arena Sferisterio Macerata;
Theater Erfurt

Teatro Sociale Como

Baden Baden; Cover M° Hengelbrock
Baden Baden Festspielhaus;
Theatres of Cesena, Pesaro, Ferrara

Bayerische Staatsoper - assistant
to Daniele Gatti

Opera Holland Park

Theater Erfurt

Teatro La Fenice di Osimo

Teatro La Fenice di Venezia;
Teatro Sociale di Como;
AsLiCo

Semperoper Dresden

Bayerische Staatsoper;
Hamburgische Staatsoper;
Estonian National Opera;
Göteborg Opera

Festival della Valle d'Itria, Martina Franca

Teatro La Fenice Osimo

Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad

Opéra National de Paris (Palais Garnier)
Lincoln Center Festival

Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad

Bayreuther Festspiele - assistant
to Daniele Gatti

Festival della Valle d'Itria, Martina Franca

Teatro La Fenice;
Teatro Sociale di Como;
AsLiCo

Estonian National Opera

Festival della Valle d'Itria, Martina Franca

Wiener Volksoper

Castello Sforzesco Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Verdi di Milano

Festival della Valle d'Itria, Martina Franca

Teatro La Fenice di Osimo

Wiener Volksoper;
Opéra Royal de Wallonie;
Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad

Fondazione Toscanini Busseto;
Estonian National Opera

Auditorium Rimini

Opera Holland Park


Recordings:

For Dynamic: Gounod LA REINE DE SABA; Gounod POLYEUCTE; Giordano: SIBERIA.


Reviews:

Opera Magazine
Musically, Opera Holland Park’s first Aida was a success, starting with the City of London Sinfonia’s eloquent realization of Manlio Benzi’s detailed conducting. Benzi’s hold over the score’s exploding tensions and imploding passions was complete, and the orchestra delivered some idiomatic raw brass tinta and plangent woodwind solos. Benzi’s flexible, singer-friendly acumen was tested further at the performances I attended by having John Hudson singing Radames from the pit, replacing an indisposed Peter Auty, who acted the role silently on stage.

What's on Stage - MarkValencia - London, Off-West End - 25 June 2015
Manlio Benzi, deservedly one of OHP's stalwarts, is a superb Verdi conductor and he delivered a majestic account, his brass, horns and percussion erupting like Etna from the open pit. Link

The Stage - George Hall - 25th June 2015
...while both chorus and orchestra are on strong form under conductor Manlio Benzi, who really understands how this music should go. Link

Londonist - Sam Smith - 28th June 2015
That it can be so moving is largely attributable to the undoubted musical qualities of the evening, with Manlio Benzi’s excellent conducting being complemented by standout performances. Link

The London Evening Standard - Barry Millington - 27th June 2015
Manlio Benzi generates noble, uplifting paragraphs and authentic splashes of Verdian colour. Link

Opera Britannia - John E. de Wald - 27th June 2015
The music was conducted with Italianate fire by Manlio Benzi. Link

MusicOMH - Keith McDonnell - 24th June 2015
In the pit Manlio Benzi had the epic scope of Verdi’s opera that was so blatantly missing from the stage, well within his grasp. Link

Financial Times - Richard Fairman - 26th June 2015
The later acts of Aida are so viscerally exciting that it is impossible not to get swept along by the passion of the music, especially with conductor Manlio Benzi working up some authentic Italian fire ….. Link

The Guardian - Tim Ashley - 25th June 2015
There’s fine conducting from Manilo Benzi. Link

The Telegraph - Rupert Christiansen - 27th June 2015
Never mind, there’s lavish spectacle for the eye and a feast for the ear, as Manlio Benzi conducts the City of London Sinfonia in an excitable reading of the gorgeous score …. Link

Express.co.uk - Clare Colvin - 28th June 2015
The City of London Sinfonia under conductor Manlio Benzi reminds us how much we love the opera, despite the antics on stage. Link

Classical Source - Colin Anderson - 24th June 2015
...Manlio Benzi has the measure of the music, instilling emotional urgency and intensity…. Link

Opera Today - Robert Hugill - 26th June 2015
...we were able to sit back and enjoy a vibrantly dramatic account of the score. Link

Mark Ronan - Theatre Reviews - 5 July 2015
For the fourth performance on July 4, the orchestra under Manlio Benzi produced a thrilling and vivid account of Verdi’s score, helped by excellent singing and a colourful and imaginative production….The chorus were magnificent, and the City of London Sinfonia under Manlio Benzi gave a memorably dramatic rendering of the score. Link

British Theatre.com - Tim Hochstrasser - 29th July 2015
Amongst all these mixed messages the musical values of the performance were nevertheless very well projected. The City of London Sinfonia under conductor Manlio Benzi had a very good evening. The brass have a lot of work to do both onstage and off, whether triumphant or darkly ominous, and all these hurdles were handsomely cleared. Elsewhere there was all the bite and heft you could ask for in the ceremonial moments, and many delicate solos and chamber-style interludes to balance them. Benzi was very sensitive to the needs of his singers in pacing the accompaniment, though some of the choruses were taken at a break-neck speed that seemed to press everyone a little harder than the score demands. Link

Opera Magazine - Hugh Canning - October 2014
Manlio Benzi drew authentic Italianità from the musicians of the City of London Sinfonia - he’s a conductor who really knows how this music should go and how to show it in its best light.

The Telegraph - Rupert Christiansen - 26th July 2014 - Adriana Lecouvreur at Opera Holland Park
Manlio Benzi conducted the City of London Sinfonia with silky finesse. Link

What's on Stage - Mark Valencia - 25th July 2014
Conductor Manlio Benzi is a dab hand at this musical idiom (Cilea was an exact contemporary of Puccini, and sounds it) and he drew playing of gut-wrenching beauty from the City of London Sinfonia, who've been on superb form all summer. Link

The Guardian - Tim Ashley - 24th June 2012 - Zanetto & Gianni Schicchi at Opera Holland Park
It's conducted with lethal precision by Manlio Benzi, too. Link

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