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Carlo Rizzi becomes Conductor Laureate of WNO

Maestro Arts is proud to announce that Carlo Rizzi has been named Conductor Laureate of Welsh National Opera.

Carlo Rizzi has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Welsh National Opera alongside a career of frequent appearances at the world's most prestigious opera houses including Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Opéra national de Paris and Metropolitan Opera, New York. Forthcoming engagements include returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Scala and the Met. Rizzi was Music Director of WNO from 1992 to 2001 and again from 2004 to 2008 when he played an important part in bringing the company in to their new home at Wales Millennium Centre. He recently returned to the company to conduct Rossini's William Tell and Moses in Egypt last autumn, following which he was nominated for a 2015 International Opera Award. Rizzi is currently conducting WNO's production of Bellini's I puritani and will also return to WNO in summer next year during the company's 70th birthday summer season to conduct the world premiere of Iain Bell's opera In Parenthesis based on the epic poem by Welsh poet David Jones as well as a revival of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.

Carlo Rizzi said 'I am honoured and happy to become Welsh National Opera's Conductor Laureate. For me, this title recognises the achievements and advances we made together during my years as Music Director and also provides the basis for an on-going collaboration with the company, particularly the orchestra and chorus, which I hold in high regard. I am anticipating a number of exciting future projects, starting with the new commission of Iain Bell's In Parenthesis, and it will also be a pleasure to be part of the 70th anniversary season. I look forward to working alongside the new Music Director and wish him the same joy and satisfaction that I found and continue to find at WNO'.

To read WNO's press release please click here.