Riccardo Frizza


Music director of Bergamo’s Donizetti Festival, the Italian conductor is a celebrated interpreter of bel canto repertoire. This season he returns to Il pirata (Paris) and The Barber of Seville, having begun 2019|20 with I puritani (Paris), Lucia di Lammermoor (Bilbao), and Lucrezia Borgia (Bergamo). Among major highlights of previous bel canto performances have been Rossini’s Armida (Metropolitan Opera, company premiere); Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Dresden), Lucrezia Borgia (San Francisco), Maria Stuarda (Metropolitan Opera), and L’elisir d’amore (Dresden); and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi (San Francisco) and Norma (Venice). Frizza’s recent successes in Verdi include Falstaff (Dallas), Luisa Miller (Zurich), La traviata (Tokyo), and Rigoletto (Barcelona). He has appeared at La Scala, Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival, Parma’s Verdi Festival, and the major houses of Bologna, Turin, Genoa, Brussels, Florence, Lyon, and Lisbon, as well as those of Washington, Seattle, and Houston; the Aix-en-Provence and Osaka festivals; and the major orchestras of Rome, Florence, Dresden, Milan, St. Petersburg, London, Munich, and Paris, among many other ensembles.

Previously at Lyric: The Three Queens (2019|20), Norma (2016|17)

Last updated: December 1, 2019