Carlo Rizzi has worked extensively in the domain of symphonic music and opera, conducting the canons of the repertoire with the same flair as rarities by Bellini, Cimarosa and Donizetti. He has been invited to some of the most prestigious international theatres and festivals and conducted some of the greatest symphonic orchestras.
Even so, it is opera which forms the central pillar of his career. Since making his debut in 1982 with Donizetti’s L’Ajo nell’imbarazzo, he has conducted around a hundred operatic works, in a repertoire focused not only on Italian opera but also works by Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Benjamin Britten, and Leoš Janáček. He was musical director of Welsh National Opera on two occasions, from 1992 to 2001, and from 2004 to 2008. He is frequently invited to perform at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.
He recently conducted all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies with the Orchestra of the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, as well as a series of concerts with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra of Milan, the Orchestra de Santa Cecilia, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 2015, he was named conductor emeritus of Welsh National Opera.
His extensive discography, includes Faust, Kátia Kabanová, Rigoletto, Un ballo in Maschera with the Welsh National Opera and La Traviata recorded at the Salzburg Festival with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon (DGG), which won the 2006 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Over the last few seasons, Carlo Rizzi has conducted Guillaume Tell, Mosè in Egitto, I Puritani and, last spring, the world premiere of Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis at the Welsh National Opera, Luisa Miller at the Zurich Opera, La Fanciulla del West at the Paris Opera and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Un ballo Maschera at La Monnaie in Brussels, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, La Cena delle beffe (Giordano), Tosca at La Scala in Milan, Nabucco at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, and La Bohème at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
Rigoletto at the Dutch National Opera.