Carlo Rizzi

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After a two-decade absence from Lyric’s roster, the return of conductor Carlo Rizzi was nearly as triumphant as that of Nabucco in the final scene. From the fiery, tautly dramatic account of the overture [Rizzi] displayed complete sympathy with the score, accompanying the singers alertly, drawing out the arias sensitively, and putting across the dramatic climaxes with fizzing energy and theatrical impact.

Chicago Classical Review, Nabucco, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Conductor Laureate, Welsh National Opera
  • International Chair in Conducting, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Carlo Rizzi ranks among today’s leading conductors. Equally at home in opera and the concert hall, his vast repertoire spans everything from the foundation works of the operatic and symphonic canon to rarities by Bellini, Cimarosa and Donizetti. He is in high demand as a guest artist at the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, not least for the insight and integrity of his musicianship and the visceral energy and psychological depths of his interpretations.

Opera is imprinted in Maestro Rizzi’s musical DNA. He discovered the art-form during his formative years in Milan, attending productions at the Teatro alla Scala and, following his graduation from the city’s famous Conservatory, contributing to their development as a répétiteur with the company. Since launching his conducting career in 1982 with Donizetti’s L'ajo nell'imbarazzo, he has performed over one hundred operas. The Rizzi repertoire list, rich in Italian works but also well stocked with the music of Wagner, Richard Strauss, Britten and Janáček, reflects the genuine breadth of his interests and the questing nature of his curiosity. 

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