-The Italian maestro will be conducting a Strauss gala in Hungary and a concert dedicated to Beethoven in Italy

January 2020

The Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza will begin the year with two symphonic programmes in Hungary and Italy, where he will revisit masterpieces by both Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven.

On the 15th January, the conductor Frizza, musical director of the Bergamo Donizetti Festival, travels to Hungary to take the podium at the Müpa Budapest Béla Bartók National Concert Hall.  He will conduct the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a programme entirely dedicated to Richard Strauss, and three jewels from among his compositions: firstly the unparalelled Vier letzte Lieder sung by the soprano Andrea Rost, who will be joined later by Kinga Kriszta and Andrea Szántó to revisit one of the high points in the history of opera, the final scene of Der Rosenkavalier. The marvellous world of Strauss and his infinite melody, which is so well-represented by these incredible pieces, will be rounded off by the spectacular symphonic poem Eine Alpensinfonie.

Later, on the 29th January, Riccardo Frizza will travel to the city of his birth, Brescia, where he will conduct the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He will be opening the concert season with three works by Ludwig van Beethoven and celebrating the beginning of the year of the 250th anniversary of the great composer´s birth. The programme includes the Egmont Overture in F minor, Op. 84, the violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, and the popular 5th Symphony in C minor, Op. 67, a thorough overview of three facets of the genius German composer. Frizza will be working with the acclaimed Italian-Rumanian violinist Anna Tifu as the soloist in the concerto, one of the greatest musicians of her generation who came to fame in 2007 when she won the prestigious George Enescu competition in Bucarest.

After these symphonic engagements, Frizza will turn his attention to operas, including La Sonnambula in Budapest, Lucrezia Borgia in Piacenza and Ravenna and Il viaggio a Reims in Cologne, before returning to the United States for Il barbiere di Siviglia at Dallas Opera.