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.
- 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.
Rizzi Premieres Michieletto's Rigoletto in Amsterdam9 May 2017
Maestro Arts artists nominated for Opernwelt awards2 December 2016
Rizzi conducts new double bill and his 100th opera at the Bastille30 November 2016
Carlo Rizzi opens his season at the Met with a visit to Café Momus28 September 2016
Moshinsky and Rizzi celebrate WNO's 70th with its beloved Cav and Pag1 June 2016
Rizzi conducts world premiere of Iain Bell's In Parenthesis13 May 2016
Rizzi resurrects forgotten Giordano opera at La Scala1 April 2016
Carlo Rizzi conducts Nabucco in Chicago19 January 2016
Carlo Rizzi becomes Conductor Laureate of WNO24 September 2015
Carlo Rizzi brings a touch of the exotic to Bergen10 September 2015
Carlo Rizzi brings the Puritans to Cardiff and beyond4 September 2015