Roberto Benzi

Roberto Benzi (born 1937) is a French conductor and former child actor.

Roberto Benzi

Early lifeEdit

Roberto Benzi was born on December 12, 1937, in Marseille, France.[1] His parents discovered his musicality when he was very young, and taught him solfège and piano. As a teenager he acted in two films.[2] When he was about ten years old he received instruction from André Cluytens.


In 1960, at age 22, he made his first recordings with the Lamoureux Orchestra of works by Liszt, Beethoven, Bizet, Rossini, Respighi, and many more, for the Philips label, all released in the famous Hi-Fi Stereo series. He also made recordings with the Hague Phiharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra. At age 27 he conducted "La Boutique Fantasque" (Rossini) for the Louis de Funes film The Sucker (1965). Benzi was the conductor of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine from 1973 to 1987.[2] He was the conductor of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra in Arnhem, The Netherlands from the 1989/1990 season till 1998.[1][2] He later conducted orchestras in Russia and Japan.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Benzi resides in Paris.[2] He was married to opera singer Jane Rhodes, who died in 2011.[3]


Year Title Director Role
1950 Prélude à la gloire Georges Lacombe Roberto
1953 L'Appel du destin Georges Lacombe Roberto Benzi


  1. ^ a b "Benzi, Roberto (1937-....) forme internationale". Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved November 1, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e Clairant, François (June 13, 2013). "Roberto Benzi, 25 ans après". Sud-Ouest. Retrieved November 1, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Machart, Renaud (May 10, 2011). "Jane Rhodes, cantatrice". Le Monde. Retrieved November 1, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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