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JUST ANNOUNCED: Meet Riccardo Frizza at San Francisco’s Italian Cultural Institute!

Monday, 27 August 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

After his last appearance with San Francisco Opera four years ago, Maestro Frizza is returning to the Bay Area to conduct SFO’s production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in September 2018.

In conjunction with his appearances at SFO, Maestro Frizza will offer an introductory presentation on Roberto Devereux, as well as sharing his passion for the culinary arts, at Italian Cultural Institute’s Opera Plaza location at 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F, on Monday, 27 August 2018.

Admission to this special MEET THE MAESTRO event is free, but RSVP is required. For more information, please visit Istituto Italiano di Cultura’s website.

San Francisco Opera and The Dallas Opera welcome RICCARDO FRIZZA in their 2018 - 2019 Seasons

Italian conductor RICCARDO FRIZZA (Photo © by János Posztós, Müpa Budapest)
Maestro in action: Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza, returning to American theatres in 2018 - 2019 to conduct productions of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux and Verdi's Falstaff
Photo © by János Posztós, Müpa Budapest

Continuing the journey that took him to Lyric Opera of Chicago in January and February 2017 to lead performances of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza returns to the KKN Enterprises roster for representation in the United States in conjunction with his American engagements in the 2018 - 2019 Season. His pacing of LOC’s Norma prompted John von Rhein to write in The Chicago Tribune that, under Maestro Frizza’s baton, ‘no musical gesture was perfunctory, no interpretive decision ill-chosen.’

The mastery of Italian repertory also lauded in von Rhein’s assessment of Maestro Frizza’s conducting of Norma will again be shared with American audiences in performances of powerhouse scores by two of the Nineteenth Century’s most acclaimed composers of opera. First, amidst prestigious engagements at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo visits the English Tudor court in San Francisco Opera's production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, featuring Sondra Radvanovsky as Elisabetta (8, 11, 14, 18, 23, 27 September 2018).

Later in the season, he advances in operatic chronology but regresses in British history with performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff with The Dallas Opera (26, 28 April and 1, 4 May 2019). TDO’s production assembles an exciting cast around baritone Mark Delavan’s spirited portrayal of Shakespeare’s, Boito’s, and Verdi’s boisterous knight.

In May 2018, Maestro Frizza presided over the Teatro La Fenice performances in which revered soprano Mariella Devia bade farewell to staged opera in the title rôle in Bellini’s Norma. Opera Wire’s Alan Neilson wrote that ‘under the baton of Riccardo Frizza, the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice produced a gripping and sensitive reading, which highlighted the subtle contributions of individual sections, creating a sound world full of rich textures. [Maestro Frizza] produced some marvelous crescendos, in which he filled the auditorium with the full sound of the orchestra, yet at the same time never compromising the singers’ ability to perform.

[Updated 11 August 2018]

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