Roberto Balconi, singer and conductor
Fantazyas baroque ensemble


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Roberto Balconi – Milanese, singer and conductor, he estabilished himself internationally as one of the most accomplished performers of Monteverdi and Handel operas, Bach cantatas and Italian music of XVII and XVIII centuries. He has performed in major theatres and early music festivals all over the world such as the Oude Muziek Festival in Holland, Teatro La Fenice, New York Lincoln Center, Wlaamse Opera. Among the works that he has conducted, particularly with the ensemble Fantazyas, which he founded in 2000, there are the operas Ariodante, Alceste, the oratorio La Resurrezione, Concerti Grossi and Chandos Anthems by Handel; Monteverdi Vespers, Stabat Mater by Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Pergolesi. He is a professor of baroque singing at Conservatorio “Guido Cantelli”, Novara. He has done the premiere recording of The Second Book of Madrigals by Giovanni Ghizzolo and of Duni’s opera Les deux Chasseurs et la Laitiere for Brilliant Classics.

Roberto Balconi piped brightly over the ensemble, the sound lifting off like some lighter-than-air gas.

— Ellen Pfeifer, Globe, Boston


Fantazyas is a vocal and instrumental ensemble founded in 2000 by the singer and conductor Roberto Balconi. The ensemble cooperates with musicians and singers devoted to early music and baroque repertoire, with the aim of both presenting renowned music and rediscovering forgotten works. Fantazyas’ approach to music blends energy and proportion into a typical Italian style.


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