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Biography
The internationally acclaimed American tenor Don Bernardini continues to earn highest accolades for his passionate, dramatic interpretations of bel canto heroes of Bellini, Donizetti, Mozart and Verdi, enriched by golden tone and rare musicianship. On the concert stage Mr. Bernardini brings depth and excitement to the choral works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Verdi.
Recent highlights include his return to the Stadttheater Bern for performances of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Macbeth and Manon, having been seen there earlier in the leading tenor roles in L'Elisir d'Amore, Così fan Tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, La Traviata, Werther and the title role in Mozart's Idomeneo. The latter role he also performed with Maestro Adam Fischer at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany and at the Palacio de Congresos Zaragoza, Spain. Guest engagements include his débuts at the Opera Festivals of Avenches and Bellinzona, Switzerland (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), at the Staatsoper Hannover (La Cenerentola), the Opéra de Nancy et de Lorraine (Simon Boccanegra), Stadttheater St. Gallen (Barbiere and Werther), at the Theater Basel (Maria Stuarda), and at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck in the title role of Rossini's Otello.

His May 2003 performance as Gennaro in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia performed and recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with Nelli Miricioiu in the title role was a great success as was his Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in Boston in the fall of 2003. During this season he will appear in Verdi's Nabucco in Bern, Liszt's La Messe Solennelle in Valencia Spain, Così fan Tutte in Nuremberg, Germany, as well as multiple concert performances throughout Europe. This season he made his debut with Atlanta Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, will appear with the Duluth Symphony in a concert version of Carmen and will make his debut with Covent Garden Opera in London as cover in the title role of Mitridate.

Mr. Bernardini has sung with such international companies as Opéra Comique de Paris, the Hamburg Oper, the Teatro del'Opera de Roma, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Opernhaus in Zürich, La Fenice in Venice, the Opéra de Strasbourg (his début performance in the title role of Roberto Devereux was recorded live and released on Nightingale Records), the Teatro Bellini in Catania, the Teatro Massimo di Messina, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, the Monterrey Opera in Mexico, VARA Radio in the Netherlands and he has been engaged by the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as well as the annual Opera Festival Ljubljana, Slovenia.

In North America companies he has performed with include the Opera Companies of Baltimore, Calgary, Chautauqua, Cincinnati, Edmonton, Grand Rapids, Hawaii, Kentucky, Knoxville, Michigan, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Opera Pacific and New York City Opera, to name a few. He has been guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Columbus, Denver, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Oregon and West Virginia; the Buffalo, Evansville, Oklahoma City and Rochester Philharmonics; the Opera Orchestra of New York and the Brevard Music Festival.

In Europe, he has been soloist with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mälmo Symphony, the Swedish Radio Symphony (Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix has been recorded live and released on Nightingale Classics), on several occasions with the ORF Symphonieorchester at the Konzerthaus in Vienna where his performance of Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda was also recorded live for Nightingale under the baton of Pinchas Steinberg), the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid (Beethoven's Ninth Symphony), the Bamberger Symphoniker (Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer), with the Süddeutsche Vokalensemble (Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, released as a Berlin Classics CD recording). He has also recorded the Verdi Requiem and the Gounod Mors et Vita with the Sinfonieorchester Basel.
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