Royal Opera House Announces Conductor Change for ‘La Bohème’ Production

By David Salazar

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has announced new conductors for its upcoming production of Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

Evelino Pidò, who was originally scheduled to conduct the performances, was forced to withdraw due to ongoing quarantine regulations and he is unable to fulfill commitments in both Madrid and London.

In his stead, the company will count on the services of Renato Balsadonna for performances between June 19 and July 1 (a total of seven showcases) as well as Paul Wynne Griffiths for the final shows on July 3 and 6.

Balsadonna was the Chorus Director of the Royal Opera Chorus between 2004-2016 and has conducted with the company in productions of “I due Foscari,” “Nabucco,” and “The Minotaur.”

Meanwhile, Griffiths is on the musical staff of the company and has led performances of “Turandot,” “Don Giovanni,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Tosca,” Madama Butterfly,” “Norma,” “Rigoletto,” and “Così fan tutte,” among others.