Riccardo Frizza

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Riccardo Frizza
Brescia, Italy
EducationMilan Conservatory
Years active1994 – present

Riccardo Frizza (born 1971) is an Italian conductor, particularly known for his work in the Italian operatic repertoire.[1][2] After making his professional conducting debut in 2001 with Rossini's Stabat Mater at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, he went on to conduct in the leading opera houses of Europe and the United States, including La Scala, La Fenice. the Paris Opera, and New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Life and career[edit]

Frizza was born in Brescia where he began his musical studies. He then studied under Elisabetta Brusa at the Milan Conservatory and with the conductors Gilberto Serembe at the Music Academy of Pescara and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.[3] From 1994 until 2000, he was the principle conductor of his local orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica di Brescia) before making his official conducting debut with Rossini's Stabat Mater in 2001 at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.[4] He subsequently returned to the festival to conduct Il Turco in Italia in 2002, Matilde di Shabran in 2004, and Adelaide di Borgogna in 2006.[5] In 2006 he also made his US conducting debut with L'italiana in Algeri at Washington National Opera.[6] In the ensuing years he made several major house debuts, including the Metropolitan Opera conducting Rigoletto (2009),[7] the Paris Opera conducting La Cenerentola (2012),[8] La Scala conducting Verdi's rarely performed Oberto (2013),[1] the Arena di Verona conducting Rigoletto (2013),[9] La Fenice conducting La traviata (2015)[10] and Gran Teatre del Liceu conducting L'Italiana in Algeri (2018).

Frizza is married to the Spanish soprano Davinia Rodiguez whom he met while conducting L'elisir d'amore at the Festival de Opera de Las Palmas in 2005. The couple have one daughter.[11]



  1. ^ a b Foletto, Angelo (17 April 2013). "Frizza dirige Oberto Un Verdi di carattere". La Repubblica. Retrieved 20 November 2015 (in Italian).
  2. ^ Ardanaz, Félix (31 August 2015). "Interview with Riccardo Frizza: The great expert on Verdi". Opera World. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Biography | Riccardo Frizza". riccardofrizza.com. Archived from the original on 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  4. ^ Di Meo, Gina (2 January 2009). Musica lirica: Prima viene la tradizione. Oggi 7. Retrieved 20 November 2015 (in Italian).
  5. ^ Rossini Opera Festival Archives. Il Turco in Italia, 2002, Matilde di Shabran, 2004, Adelaide di Borgogna, 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2015 (in Italian).
  6. ^ Page, Tim (15 May 2006). "L'Italiana in Algeri: Tour De Force". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (26 January 2009). "A Tenor Spurned by La Scala Takes His Talents to the Metropolitan". New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  8. ^ Besses-Boumard, Pascale (3 December 2012). "La Cenerentola: plaisir des yeux". La Tribune. Retrieved 20 November 2015 (in French).
  9. ^ Libero (8 August 2013). "Lirica: Verona, il 'Rigoletto' all'Arena diretto da Riccardo Frizza". Retrieved 19 November 2015 (in Italian).
  10. ^ Larovere, Fabio (1 September 2015). "Frizza incanta Venezia con Verdi e Puccini". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 19 November 2015 (in Italian).
  11. ^ IO Donna (16 June 2015). "Riccardo Frizza: “Vi do appuntamento all’Arena”". Retrieved 2 October 2015 (in Italian).
  12. ^ Malafronte, Judith (February 2007). "Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment". Opera News. Retrieved via HighBeam Research 19 November 2013 (subscription required).
  13. ^ Ashley, Tim (8 September 2006). "Rossini: Matilde di Shabran". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  14. ^ Malafronte, Judith (February 2015). "Mozart: Don Giovanni". Opera News. Retrieved 19 November 2013.

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