– The Italian conductor returns to the United States, this time with Roberto Devereux

July 2018
After bringing the Bellini opera Il pirata, which had not been performed at the Teatro alla Scala for six decades, back to the famous Milanese opera house in a new production, the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza will once again submerge himself in Romantic bel-canto. This will be next September, when he will conduct Roberto Devereux, one of Donizetti´s masterpieces, and a fundamental part of the composer´s “Tudor Trilogy.”  Frizza is an acclaimed specialist in Italian opera who regularly performs at some of the most important theatres in the world. He will conduct Roberto Devereux for San Francisco Opera and the cast includes great singers such as the renowned soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the role of  Elisabetta and, as Sara the Duchess of Nottingham, the American mezzo Jamie Barton, who is hailed as one of the greatest new discoveries in opera. Performances will take place on the 8th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 23rd and 27th September at the War Memorial Opera House in the Californian city, and is produced by the Canadian Opera Company and directed by Stephen Lawless.

Among the maestro´s other engagements later in the season are Semiramide (Rossini) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (19th, 25th and 27th October) and the inaugural concert at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo (Italy, the city where Donizetti was born, 22nd November), as Frizza is the artistic director of the festival. At the same festival he will also conduct the revival of the rare Donizetti opera Il castello di Kenilworth which has Elizabeth I of England as its main character (24th November).