BEATRICE VENEZI

CONDUCTOR

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About Beatrice

Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana , Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Milano Classica and of the Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti, Beatrice Venezi is appointed member of the Feminine Council of Cultural Affairs held by the Vatican for the triennium 2019-2021.

 

Born in 1990 in Lucca, she is one of the few women to conduct orchestras of international standing: from Japan to Belarus, from Portugal to Lebanon, from Canada to Argentina, from United States to Armenia. She collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Bruno Canino, Stefan Milenkovich, Valentina Lisitsa, Carla Fracci, Eleonora Abbagnato, Andrea Bocelli, Andrea Griminelli and with world-renowned orchestras such as the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the New Japan Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic, the Filarmonica del Teatro Regio di Torino, I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the National Television and Radio Company of Belarus, the State Orchestra of Armenia. She also performed in important theatres and venues such as the Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, of which she’s been Principal Guest Conductor for two seasons (2017-2018), the Mascagni Festival, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Opera House of Azerbaijan, the National Opera House of Georgia, the National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka, the Sofia National Opera and Ballet, the Teatro del Libertador in Córdoba, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Circuito lirico marchigiano.

 

In 2021 she debuted at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, at Opera Holland Park in London, at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires, at the Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza and at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. 

 

Further engagements include productions at the Opéra-Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand, the Opéra de Vichy, the Opéra Grand Avignon, the Opéra de Reims, the Opéra de Limoges, Nagoya Philharmonic, Orchestra Haydn, the Taormina Arte Festival, at the Bellini Festival.

 

Her repertoire ranges from Classicism to contemporary music, with a keen interest for Russian symphonic repertoire and Italian symphonic repertoire of the so-called Generazione dell’80. As for the operatic repertoire, she specialised both into Italian belcanto and verismo, with a peculiar commitment towards the music of Giacomo Puccini, with whom she shares the same birthplace.

 

She has already been honoured with several awards, thanks to her great artistic skills and to her commitment to promote the classical music culture among the younger generations. In 2017 she was awarded the historic and prestigious Scala d’Oro, Corriere della Sera included her in the list of the 100 women of the year 2016 and in that of the 50 women of the year 2017, and in 2018 Forbes Italia included her in the list of the 100 young leaders of the future under 30.

 

In April 2019 she published her first book “Allegro con Fuoco” , which explains why to fall in love with classical music; in November 2020 she also published “Le sorelle di Mozart”  dedicated to stories of great women - composers, musicians and much more - who were often forsaken by the history of music (both edited by UTET).

 

Since 2019 she’s a Warner Artist. Her first album “My Journey”, dedicated to the Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini, was released worldwide in October 2019; “Heroines”, dedicated to the female protagonists of the operatic repertoire, in 2021, both for Warner Music Italy.

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Calendar

23rd

January 23rd & 25th

Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula

Opéra-Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand

30th

January 30th

Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula

Opéra de Vichy

11th

February 11th

Symphonic Concert

Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini 

12th

February 12th

Symphonic Concert

Orchestra Milano Classica

Charity event for Fondazione Humanitas

25th

Vincenzo Bellini- La Sonnambula

Opéra Grand Avignon

27th

March 27, 29 & 31st

Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula

Opéra-Théâtre de Metz

13th

May 13 & 15th

Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula

Opéra de Reims

21st

May 21 & 23rd

Symphonic Concerts Orchestra della Toscana

February 25th & 27th

Recordings and books

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Heroines

Orchestra Haydn

What is heroic? Do not believe that the title “Heroines”, which I have used to name these characters of the operatic repertoire, implies a moral judgment on my part. It is in fact a mere verdict of their great courage. In this disc you will find a number of symphonic portraits of women who, in the collective imagination, are considered par excellence heroines.

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Le Sorelle di Mozart

Stories of forgotten performers, brilliant composers and rebellious musicians

“This is the story of some unique women. Brilliant musicians. Innovative composers. Sublime performers. Unique women able to emerge in a world that would willingly do without them.That considered them unsuitable, shameless, scandalous, incapable. This is the story of some unique women, in a world of men.”

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Allegro con Fuoco

Falling in Love with Classical Music 

Beatrice Venezi 

Beatrice Venezi, not even 30 years old, did not let commonplace take over her: everyone can still fall in love with classical music, just like her. After all, we just need to follow the right guide. The melody will become a way to discover the world, the rhythm an attempt to listen to ourselves and harmony an evidence of social life. If we take a closer look, the plots of the opera seem to be reproducing the present times: Carmen becomes a symbol to fight violence against women, the Bohème a Parisian transposition of famous TV series, such as Friends or How I Met Your Mother. Among scores and crotchets, biographies of composers and conductors, Beatrice Venezi shows us how classical music, once set free from stereotypes, becomes a global right, a beauty belonging to everyone. 

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My Journey

Living surrounded by music is a privilege: for me, it means being constantly immersed in beauty, at every level. Even though I may seem distant, on my feet at the conductor’s podium, or if sometimes the study of something so luminous and complex may take me to places which are very difficult to imagine, my life isn’t very different from yours. I know what you’re thinking.

Reviews

Forumopera

"L’Orchestre national d’Auvergne, entre les mains expertes de Beatrice Venezi, réalise l’exploit [...]
L’Orchestre régional d’Auvergne, en formation bellinienne, nous offre le plus beau des concerts : la direction attentive, inspirée de Beatrice Venezi, toujours attentive à chacun, équilibre, sculpte, nuance le propos. Les solistes (une corniste, la flûte, la clarinette…) sont exemplaires dans leur contrepoint avec la voix. Un régal."

TheArtsdesk.com

"More of a surprise was the utterly idiomatic style of the City of London Sinfonia under Beatrice Venezi, making her London debut in style by stepping out in a gorgeous red dress with long flowing hair, la Poesia incarnate, not the preferred mode of a woman conductor." 

ResMusica

"La jeune cheffe italienne Beatrice Venezi propose une lecture fine, détaillée et énergique de la partition, dont la richesse semble accrue par la disposition dans la salle des musiciens."

Ansa

"Calorosi applausi hanno accolto Beatrice Venezi, per la prima volta sul podio del Lirico di Cagliari. La direttrice che difende la sua schelta di essere chiamata direttore, ha guidato l´Orchestra in un affascinante quanto noto repertorio.  Gli spettatori si son lasciati trasportare delle emozioni profonde create della musica di Mozart e Beethoven. E, complice anche il nome di richiamo, con una giovane rivelazione, si e respirata dopo tanto tempo, nobamente l´atmosfera di un ritorno alla normalitá, con il pubblico che ha occupato di nuovo numeroso la platea."

Operatoday.com

"OHP are also blessed with a conductor who appreciates the dramatic tenor and structure of L’Amico Fritz.  Making an impressive UK debut, Beatrice Venezi demonstrates an innate understanding of the quietude and delicacy of Mascagni’s score, while never neglecting its dramatic impetus.  The reduced forces of the London Sinfonia offer not less but more, in expressive terms.  There are truly lovely solos, not just from leader Charlotte Reid in the Romany fantasia which accompanies Beppe’s entrance, but also the beguiling contributions of the lead oboe and clarinet, the warm horns, and the expressive lower strings.  Venezi appreciates how to let Mascagni’s inexhaustible cantabile flow, creating space while maintaining momentum, and she conjures delectable colours and scents, with calm authority."

The Guardian

"Musically, it’s beautifully done, and comparably restrained.[...] The opera is given in a reduced orchestration by Tony Burke, but there’s plenty of Italian warmth and sensuousness in both Venezi’s conducting and the City of London Sinfonia’s playing."

The Stage

"Making a highly auspicious UK debut is conductor Beatrice Venezi, whose rhythmic flexibility and palpable engagement help maintain the highest musical standards."

Seen and heard international

"Conductor Beatrice Venezi ensured superb playing from the smaller group of players (as so often this season, reduced scoring was used, this time courtesy of Tony Burke at Pocket Productions). It was impossible not to notice the suave woodwind phrasing early on, or the passion of the Intermezzo (not as famous as Cav’s one, for sure, but definitely worth seeking out), and Venezi’s clear rapport with both singers and instruments in terms of flexibility, and the ability to establish tempi quickly, paid huge dividends."

Bachtrack.com

"Performance from the pit in this orchestral reduction was exemplary: the City of London Sinfonia under the baton of Beatrice Venezi gave a red-blooded and bold account of the score that belied the reduced numbers."

Planet Hugill

"Conducto Beatrice Venezi had made her UK debut at the beginning of this run and I certainly hope she will be back soon. She drew fine, idiomatic playing from the City of London Sinfonia who clearly relished the complexities of Mascagni´s score with its use of instrumental interludes to develop the drama. They were playing and orchestral reduction by Tony Banks from Pocket Publications, but we hardly notice so strong was the character Venezi drew from the players."