- Resident Artists
Leonardo Vordoni - Conductor
Portland Opera Debut
Born in Trieste - Italy, Leonardo Vordoni studied piano at the Conservatorio Tartini, composition at the Accademia Musicale in Portogruaro, and earned a diploma in opera conducting at Bologna’s Reale Accademia Filarmonica.
In the 2009/10 season Leonardo Vordoni opened the Minnesota Opera season conducting Les Pecheurs de Perles, which critics found that “both orchestra and chorus resounded grandly”, followed directly by a “triumphant” Casanova’s Homecoming. The rest of the season includes Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Colorado, his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Le Nozze di Figaro and Mosè in Egitto for the Chicago Opera Theatre. Looking further ahead, he will conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia for Houston Grand Opera in late 2011.
In 2008 Leonardo debuted at the prestigious Wexford Opera Festival in Pedrotti’s Tutti in Maschera giving what critics called a “scintillating performance”. Other productions included Madama Butterfly with Madison Opera and La Cenerentola for Orlando Opera. In the summer of 2008 he made his conducting debut at the internationally renowned Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for a concert of music associated with Maria Malibran, with mezzo Joyce DiDonato as soloist.
Last season, Leonardo Vordoni was a member of staff at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He worked on productions including: Macbeth, La Traviata, Aida, La Clemenza di Tito, La Boheme, Un ballo in Maschera, Norma, Madama Butterfly. He was also the cover conductor for L’elisir d'Amore.
Collaborations with Eduardo Müller include L’Italiana in Algeri with Seattle Opera, La Cenerentola for Houston Grand Opera, Il trovatore and Le Nozze di Figaro for San Diego Opera.
Recognized for his musicality and interpretation, he has given master classes in Italian repertoire across the United States for young artists programs including San Francisco Opera, Seattle and Utah Operas, Santa Fe, Kansas University, UMKC Conservatory, University of North Texas in conjunction with La Fenice in Castelfranco Veneto as well as coaching for the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro.