The musical direction of Riccardo Frizza was one of the most pleasant surprises of the evening. […] He was totally convincing, conducting his forces with both strength and gentleness, always supporting the singers and getting a fine results from his orchestra.
– José M. Irurzun, Seen and Heard
Award-winning Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza is a galvanic presence on the podium, inspiring performances as exhilarating as they are expressive. Championed by Alberto Zedda, Bruno Cagli, and Gian Carlo Menotti, he is a leading exponent of bel canto repertoire, collaborating with a who’s who of today’s most iconic singers at opera houses from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In the concert hall, he graces the podiums of such world-class ensembles as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony, while his extensive discography includes Decca’s Una furtiva lagrima, winner of the 2004 Cannes Classical Award.
Frizza maintains a strong international presence in 2015-16. To launch the new season, he leads back-to-back productions of La traviata and Tosca at Italy’s Teatro la Fenice. After premiering Stéphane Braunschweig’s new staging of Bellini’s Norma at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, with Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. Also in Bellini, he concludes the season at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, conducting Elina Garanca and Patrizia Ciofi in the Vincent Boussard/Christian Lacroix production of I Capuleti e i Montecchi that he debuted and recorded at San Francisco Opera. These engagements follow a festival-opening run in Nabucco at Italy’s Arena di Verona, bookended by two new Spanish productions of Otello at Ópera de Bilbao and the Festival de Peralada respectively.