Leonardo Vordoni


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Maestro Leonardo Vordoni led a splendidly nuanced reading of verve and melting grace,” raved Opera News of his Chicago Opera Theatre debut conducting Mosè in Egitto. Due to the accolades and respect earned through such performances, Maestro Vordoni is in high demand by leading opera companies throughout the world. In coming seasons, he will lead performances of L’italiana in Algeri with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, L’elisir d’amore at Minnesota Opera, and return to Michigan Opera Theatre.

In recent seasons, Maestro Vordoni made important débuts at Houston Grand Opera conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia, Canadian Opera Company conducting La Cenerentola, and Lyric Opera of Chicago conducting Le nozze di Figaro, where the Chicago Tribune wrote “Mindful of the singers’ needs, he infused the orchestral playing with crisp vitality and shapely phrasing.”

Maestro Vordoni regularly performs to critical acclaim on international stages, as well. In recent seasons Vordoni debuted at the prestigious Wexford Opera Festival conducting Pedrotti’s Tutti in maschera giving what critics called a “scintillating performance.” Additionally, he led performances of Don Pasquale at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Anna Bolena for Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Additionally, he returned to Minnesota Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor, Les pêcheurs des perles, La bohème, and a revival of Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming; conducted Don Giovanni at The Peabody Institute; La bohème at Santa Fe Opera, Green Mountain Opera Festival, and Utah Symphony and Opera; Tosca at Opera on the James; Madama Butterfly with Madison Opera; La Cenerentola at Orlando Opera; and Turandot at Portland Opera.

During his tenure on the music staff at the Metropolitan Opera, Vordoni collaborated on productions of L’elisir d’amore, Macbeth, La traviata, Aïda, La clemenza di Tito, Un ballo in maschera, Norma, and Madama Butterfly.

A native of Trieste, Italy, Maestro Vordoni studied conducting at the Accademia Pescarese with Gilberto Serembe, and earned a diploma in opera conducting at Bologna’s Reale Accademia Filarmonica. He has presented master classes in Italian repertoire for leading Young Artist Programs across the United States including: San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Kansas University, University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory, and University of North Texas in conjunction with La Fenice in Castelfranco Veneto.