Riccardo Frizza

conductor - Musical Director of Donizetti Festival in Bergamo

Recently appointed as Musical Director of festival Donizetti Opera 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. A regular guest of the most important international opera houses and festivals, has appeared at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Festival Verdi in Parma, Teatro alla Scala in Milano, Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Besides, 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, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Denis Festival, Royal Festival Hall of London, Hercules Hall of Munich in Germany, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Metropolitan Opera in New York. Among many others, he has conducted the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale of S.Cecilia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Filarmonica Toscanini, London’s Philarmonia Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsorchester of Munich, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. During the recent past seasons, Frizza conducted Verdi’s Falstaff in Seattle and Dallas, Armida at Metropolitan Opera, Don Pasquale in Florence, Lucrezia Borgia in San Francisco. Further highlights include Il Trovatore in Venice, Luisa Miller and I Lombardi alla prima crociata in Bilbao, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Attila at Theater an der Wien, L’elisir d’amore in Dresden, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in San Francisco and Munich, La Cenerentola at Paris-Bastille and Munich, La Scala di Seta and Luisa Miller in Zurich, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Munich, Otello in Frankfurt, Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio and Il Pirata at La Scala, Rigoletto in Seattle; Norma, La Bohème, Tosca and Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, L’Italiana in Algeri at Palais Garnier in Paris, La Bohème in Dresden and in Dallas, Tosca in San Francisco; Tosca, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’amore, Norma, Semiramide and Aida at La Fenice, Norma at Champs Elysées in ParisRigolet, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Rigoletto and L’Italiana in Algeri in Barcelona, Linda di Chamounix at the Opera di Roma, Otello and Aida at Sferisterio Festival in Macerata, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Paris, Norma at Lyric Opera in Chicago, I Puritani at Müpa Budapest and La Traviata and Norma in Tokyo.

He recently directed the forgotten opera The Castle of Kenilworth at the Donizetti Festival. Highlights of the upcoming season include I Puritani at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao and Lucrezia Borgia at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo. In December he will return to the United States to conduct soprano Sondra Radvanovksy in a concert of arias from Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux, before returning to Paris for the concert version of Il Pirata.

In the summer he conducted La Traviata at the Castell Peralada Festival. Other 2019 engagements included the Dallas Opera (Falstaff) and La Fenice (Aida).



Spotlight On...Riccardo Frizza

Interview at Lincoln Center