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Recently appointed musical director of the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, Riccardo Frizza studied at the Milan Conservatory and the Chigiana Academy in Sienna. In 1998, he won the International Competition of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic. From 1994 to 2000, he was the musical director of the Brescia Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited to many of the great Italian theatres (the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Verdi Festival in Parma, the Rome Bologna, Turin, and Genoa Operas, and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino). He has also appeared at countless international venues (the Radio France Occitanie Festival in Montpellier, the Aix Festival, the Saint-Denis Festival, London’s Royal Festival Hall, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Lyon Opera, Hercules Hall in Munich, the Sao Carlos in Lisbon, the Osaka Festival, the Washington, Seattle and Houston Operas, and New York’s Metropolitan Opera). Throughout his career, Riccardo Frizza has conducted a wide variety of musical ensembles (the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchester, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the Ensemble Orchestral of Paris.). He recorded a recital dedicated to Bellini and Donizetti with Juan Diego Florez and Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra which received a Cannes Classical Award in 2004. Over the last few seasons, he has conducted Armida, Maria Stuarda, Tosca, and La Bohème at New York’s Metropolitan Opera; Don Carlo, Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor, Otello, and I Lombardi alla prima crociata in Bilbao; Cosi fan tutte, Otello and Aida at the Macerata Festival; Lucrezia Borgia in San Francisco; Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Attila at the Theater an der Wien; L’Elisir d’amore in Dresden; I Capuleti e i Montecchi in San Francisco and Munich, La Cenerentola, L’Italiana in Algeri, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Paris Opera, La scala di seta and Luisa Miller in Zurich; Tosca, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Elisir d’amore, Norma, Attila, and Semiramide at La Fenice in Venice, Oberto and Il Pirata at Milan’s La Scala; Norma at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Rigoletto and L’Italiana in Algeri in Barcelona. During the 2019-2020 season, he conducted Lucrezia Borgia in Bergamo, The Three Queens (with Sondra Radvanovsky) in Chicago, Il Pirata at the Paris Opera, La Somnambule at the Müpa in Budapest, Il Viaggio a Reims in Cologne, and Il barbiere di Siviglia in Dallas.
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