-The Italian conductor will take the helm of two bel-canto masterpieces: L’elisir d’amore(Donizetti) and Norma (Bellini)

April 2018
With barely a space to breathe, the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza´s professional engagements are continuing to take him to the most important opera houses in the world. Currently the maestro, who was born in Brescia, is to be found in Zurich conducting Luisa Miller, at present one of Verdi´s least performed operas at the Opernhaus. This is a Damiano Michieletto production with the legendary Leo Nucci, no less, in the cast. Performances will continue until the 29th April, but Frizza will also be travelling to Venice during this period where, from the 20th April, he will be conducting Donizetti´s L’elisir d’amore on the 20th and 28th April, the 6th, 12th and 18th May and the 5th June) at the Teatro La Fenice. The conductor will be returning to the Venetian opera house, where he has featured each season over the last few years. Over the same period, also in May (13th, 16th and 19th) he will be conducting Norma (Bellini) also in La Fenice, with a cast that includes the legendary soprano Mariella Devia in the lead role.

Artistic director of the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, Frizza is a world expert on Italian repertoire in general and on bel-canto repertoire – Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti being the most important composers of the genre.

After Venice, Riccardo Frizza will travel to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich to conduct the Rossini opera Semiramide once again, during which period, between performances, he will travel to Milan to conduct rehearsals for Il Pirata (Bellini) at the Teatro alla Scala.