-From bel canto to Verdi. The Italian maestro will take the helm of a Damiano Michieletto production, with the legendary Leo Nucci in the cast

March 2018
Considered to be one of the most important conductors of the moment, the Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza will return to the Opernhaus Zürich in April with one of Verdi´s least performed operas at this time, Luisa Miller. The opera is written in the bel-canto style that characterizes the great composer´s early work, with performances taking place on the 12th, 15th, 21st, 24th, 27th and 29th April. Frizza will arrive in the Swiss city after having conducted La Traviata (Verdi) at the New National Theatre in Tokyo and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) at the Opéra National in Paris. This time he will be conducting a production directed by Damiano Michieletto which features the legendary baritone Leo Nucci in the male lead role, in a cast that also includes the soprano Nino Machaidze and the tenor Matthew Polenzani.

Later Frizza will travel to La Fenice in Venice, where he will be conducting two productions, L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti) and Norma (Bellini), before going on to engagements at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, La Scala in Milan and San Francisco Opera, among others.

An outstanding artist in the symphonic arena, Frizza is also one of the most sought after conductors for the Italian opera genre, being especially dedicated to Romantic bel-canto. He is an expert in Rossini, Bellini Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi operas and is musical director of the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo (Italy)­.

This will be a return to Zurich as he made his debut in the city in 2013, when he conducted the Rossini opera La scala di seta.