– The Italian conductor returns to Chicago in December to give a Donizetti concert with Sondra Radvanovsky and then to Paris for Bellini´s Il Pirata.

November 2019

After his intense and very successful activity as the musical director of the Bergamo Donizetti Opera Festival (Italy), where he conducted the Opening Gala and a new, critically acclaimed production of the opera Lucrezia Borgia, Riccardo Frizza will travel to the United States in December.  There he will conduct three concerts featuring the American-Canadian soprano Sondra Radvanovsky at the Lyric Opera Chicago. Entitled The Three Queens, both artists will revisit some of the most emblematic scenes from the Donizetti operas Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux, an absolute tour de force which will take place on the 1st, 4th and 7th December in a semi-staged production directed by Matthew Ozawa, with Frizza at the helm of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Choir.

Later, on the 16th and 19th December, the Italian conductor will see out the year in Paris with two performances (in concert format) of Bellini´s Il pirata, at the Palais Garnier for the Opéra National in the French capital. A top-flight cast will be singing this Bellini opera which Frizza revived two seasons ago for a new production at La Scala in Milan: Sondra Radvanovsky will take the difficult role of Imogene, Michael Spyres is Gualtiero and Ludovic Tézier is Ernesto.

In 2020, among other upcoming engagements, Riccardo Frizza will conduct La Sonnambula at the Müpa in Budapest (February) and Lucrezia Borgia in Ravenna and Piacenza.