-The Italian maestro will conduct nine performances of the Rossini opera in January at the legendary Opéra de Paris

December 2017
The Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza, one of the most outstanding current specialists in Italian opera repertoire, will return to the podium at the Opéra National de Paris (ONP) in January to conduct nine performances of the Gioachino Rossini masterpiece, Il Barbiere di Siviglia. “After having conducted La Cenerentola, Il Barbiere and L’Italiana in Algeri –Rossini´s complete trilogy of opera buffo– as well as Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor at L´Opéra last season, I am very pleased to be returning to this emblematic theatre with this delicious opera. Barbiere is considered – and with good reason – to be the peak of Rossini comic opera and the entire buffo genre, decades before the birth of Verdi´s Falstaff,” explains Frizza, who will be at the musical helm of this Damiano Michieletto production. The cast will include young stars from the international opera scene, headed by the mezzo Olga Kulchynska, the baritones Massimo Cavalletti and Florian Sempey, and the tenors René Barbera and Levy Sekgapane, who all have solid careers or have had recent triumphs in the most renowned international competitions.
Riccardo Frizza, musical director of the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo (Italy), is an expert in Italian repertoire in general and in Romantic bel canto, of which Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti are the greatest exponents. In Paris the maestro has also conducted a concert version of Verdi´s Otello at the Pleyel Hall (2014, with singers Roberto Alagna, Svetla Vassileva and the recently deceased Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France) and returned again in 2015, this time to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with Bellini´s Norma (Maria Agresta, Marco Berti and Sonia Ganassi, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris).
This time he will be in the French capital for the ONP season, after having conducted various performances of La Traviata (Verdi) at the New National Theatre in Tokyo (Japan). His upcoming engagements include Norma (Bellini, also in Japan), Luisa Miller (Verdi, in Zurich, Switzerland) and L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti, in Venice, Italy).