Born in 1982 in Verona, Italian conductor Giancarlo Rizzi graduated at the Sibelius Academy with Leif Segerstam in orchestral conducting and then completed his training under Lorin Maazel in the United States before embarking in an intense career that has seen him perform on many stages in Italy and around the world.
He collaborates regularly with orchestras like Finnish National Opera Orchestra (I Pagliacci), Lahti Sinfonia, Tampere Philharmonic, Turku and Arnhem Philharmonics, I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra (Milan), Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, and Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano). Committed to promoting the great Venetian repertoire of the eighteenth century, he presents his concerts as entertaining shows featuring not only music but also the lives of past composers and performers.
He made his house debut at the Theater an der Wien in 2019 with Faust, and in 2020 at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro with Il viaggio a Reims. He also conducted La Traviata in 2021 and a short version of Rigoletto in 2022 at the Profumo Opera Festival.
His interest for the lyrical repertoire drove him to launch a festival dedicated to Verdi in the living place of the protagonist of his first opera Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio. Each year, one opera of the composer is presented there. Giancarlo Rizzi also published a book untitled Oberto, the Birth of an Opera.
Paris Opera debut
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