Riccardo Frizza

conductor - Musical Director of Donizetti Festival in Bergamo

Riccardo Frizza studied at Conservatory of Music in Milan and at Chigiana Academy in Siena. In 1998 he won the International Competition of South Bohemia State-Philharmonic Conductors (Czech Republic). From 1994 to 2000, he was the resident conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Brescia, performing Beethoven’s Symphonies and other symphonic repertory.

A regular guest of the most important Italian opera houses and festivals, he has appeared at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Due Mondi Festival in Spoleto, Festival of Martina Franca, Festival Verdi in Parma, Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio  in Turin, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Abroad, he has led some of the world’s most important orchestras at the most important festivals and opera houses, including Festival de Radio France and Montpellier, Wexford Festival, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Denis Festival, Palacio de la Opera in La Coruna, Philharmonic of St. Petersburg, Royal Festival Hall of London, Opera in Marseille, La Monnaie of Bruxelles, Opera of Lyon, Hercules Sall of Munich in Germany, Sala Nezahualcoyotl of Mexico City, Sao Carlos of Lisbon, 43rd International Festival of Osaka. In the USA, he has performed at Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera in New York.

He has conducted Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale of S.Cecilia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gewandhaus Orchester of Leipzig, Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden,  Symphonic Orchestra “G. Verdi” in Milan, Symphonic Orchestra Toscanini, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of San Petersrburg, Orquesta de Galicia, Orchestre National de Montpellier, London’s Philarmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Bayerische Staatsorchester of Munich, Philarmonic of Montecarlo, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Philharmonic Lutowlasky of Wroclav, Soloists of Prague, Radio Orchestra of Rumania, Philharmonic Orchestra “G. Enescu” of Bucharest, New Tokyo City Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.

The record company Supraphon published his Mirandolina. For Decca he recorded the recital of Juan Diego Florez, dedicated to Bellini and Donizetti with Symphonic Orchestra “G.Verdi” in Milan, which won Cannes Classical Award 2004, La Fille du Régiment, recorded live at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (DVD), and Matilde di Shabran. Dynamic published his Nabucco in DVD, and TDK his Tancredi.

During the recent past seasons, Frizza conducted Verdi’s Falstaff in Seattle to great acclaim, a new production of Armida at Metropolitan Opera, Don Carlo in Bilbao, a cycle of concerts with the Seattle Symphony, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and a Anna Bolena concert version with Dresden Staatskapelle, Don Pasquale in Florence, Manon Lescaut in Verona, Così Fan Tutte at Macerata Festival, Lucrezia Borgia in San Francisco. Further highlights include Il Trovatore in Venice, Luisa Miller in Bilbao, a cycle of concerts in Weimar, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Theater an der Wien, a new production of L’Elisir d’Amore in Dresden, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in San Francisco, Cenerentola at Paris-Bastille, La Scala di Seta in Zurich, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Munich, Otello in Frankfurt, Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio at La Scala, Attila at An der Wien.

Most recently, Giovanna d’Arco at Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Rigoletto at Arena di Verona and in Seattle, Norma , La Bohème and Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Cenerentola and I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Munich, L’Italiana in Algeri at Palais Garnier in Paris, La Bohème in Dresden and in Dallas, Tosca in San Francisco, Tosca and Traviata at Fenice, Norma  at Champs Elysées in Paris, Maria Stuarda at Metropolitan, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Barcelona, Linda di Chamounix at the Opera di Roma, Otello at Sferisterio Festival, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Paris,  Rigoletto in Barcelona, Norma at Lyric Opera in Chicago.

His future plans include: Semiramide at Bayerische Staatsoper,  Luisa Miller at Opernhaus in Zurich, Norma and Lucia di Lammermoor at Metropolitan Opera.


Spotlight On...Riccardo Frizza

Interview at Lincoln Center