Originally from Trieste, Italy, and now naturalized American holding dual citizenship, the fast-rising conductor Leonardo Vordoni studied conducting at the Accademia Pescarese with Gilberto Serembe, and earned a diploma in opera conducting at Bologna’s Reale Accademia Filarmonica.
Current 2017 engagements include returns to Opera Omaha in La Bohème and Opera Grand Rapids for Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Season 2015-16 has been the year of returns: Michigan Opera Theater for La Bohème, Opera Grand Rapids for Romeo & Juliet, and debut at Opera Santa Barbara with L’Elisir d’Amore. Season 2014-15: debut at the Kansas City Lyric Opera with L’Italiana in Algeri, Opera Grand Rapids with Tosca, return to Minnesota Opera with L’Elisir d’Amore, and The Rake’s Progress at Florida State University. Season 2013-14 presented several houses debut: Michigan Opera Theater with La traviata, Opera Omaha in La Cenerentola and the Opéra National de Bordeaux in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and a return at Opera Colorado with Rigoletto. Season 2012-13 opened with Don Giovanni with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, followed by a concert version La Bohème with the Minnesota Opera.
During season 2011-12 Vordoni continued his houses debuts: with Houston Grand Opera conducting Il Barbiere di Siviglia, followed by a return to Minnesota Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor and La Bohème with the Green Mountain Opera Festival. Vordoni in season 2010-11 made important debuts: with the Canadian Opera Company with La Cenerentola, with Santa Fe Opera with La Bohème. Other recent engagements featured Puccini’s greatest works: La Bohème with Utah Opera, and Turandot at Portland Opera.
Leonardo Vordoni began the 2009-10 season conducting Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Minnesota Opera, followed by a revival of Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming. Later in the season, he made two consecutive debuts in Chicago; first conducting Le Nozze di Figaro at Lyric Opera of Chicago followed by Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto at Chicago Opera Theatre. Of his performances in Le Nozze di Figaro, John van Rhein at the Chicago Tribune wrote: “Mindful of the singers’ needs, he infused the orchestral playing with crisp vitality and shapely phrasing.” Regarding Mosè in Egitto, Opera News raved: “Maestro Leonardo Vordoni led a splendidly nuanced reading of verve and melting grace.” Additional engagements included Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado and Lucia di Lammermoor at Green Mountain Opera Festival.
Vordoni made his international debut in 2008 at the prestigious Wexford Opera Festival in Pedrotti’s Tutti in Maschera giving what critics called a “scintillating performance.” Other productions in that season include: Don Pasquale at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Madama Butterfly with Madison Opera and La Cenerentola at Orlando Opera. In the summer of 2008, Vordoni conducted at the internationally renowned Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in a concert of music associated with Maria Malibran.
Leonardo Vordoni has given master classes in Italian repertoire for Young Artist Programs across the United States including: San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Roosevelt College of Performing Arts, Florida State University, Peabody School of Music, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance, University of North Texas in conjunction with La Fenice in Castelfranco Veneto, as well as coaching for the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. Additional studies include: piano at the Conservatorio Tartini with Neva Merlak, and composition at the Accademia Musicale in Portogruaro with Mario Pagotto. Mo Vordoni is also a Doctor in Political Sciences economic branch from Universisità degli Studi di Trieste.
Leonardo Vordoni was a member of the music staff at the Metropolitan Opera and worked on productions including: L’Elisir d’Amore (cover conductor), Macbeth, La traviata, Aida, La Clemenza di Tito, La Bohème, Un Ballo in Maschera, Norma and Madama Butterfly.
Collaborations with Edoardo Müller include L’Italiana in Algeri with Seattle Opera, La Cenerentola for Houston Grand Opera, as well as Il Trovatore and Le Nozze di Figaro for San Diego Opera.