KKN Artists

KKN Artists

[USA representation]

Italian conductor RICCARDO FRIZZA [Photo by Joan Tomás, © by Fidelio Artist]
Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza
[Photo by Joan Tomás, © by Fidelio Artist]

Award-winning Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza is a galvanic presence on the podium, inspiring performances as exhilarating as they are expressive. Championed by Alberto Zedda, Bruno Cagli, and Gian Carlo Menotti, he is a leading exponent of bel canto repertoire, collaborating with many of today's most iconic singers at opera houses including Milan's Teatro alla Scala and New York's Metropolitan Opera.

In the concert hall, Riccardo graces the podiums of such world-renowned ensembles as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Rome's Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

The 2019 - 2020 Season offers new opportunities for Maestro Frizza to refine his widely-lauded mastery of bel canto. Performances of Bellini's I puritani at Opéra National de Paris (Opéra Garnier) are followed by a production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao. In November, he conducted two performances of Lucrezia Borgia at Bergamo's Donizetti Festival, followed by three Lyric Opera of Chicago performances of The Three Queens, a semi-staged presentation of the final scenes from Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux, with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. In Spring 2020, he returns to Dallas to conduct The Dallas Opera's production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.

In the 2018 - 2019 Season, Riccardo further expanded his widely-lauded bel canto and Verdian credentials. Donizetti's Roberto Devereux took him to San Francisco Opera in September 2018, followed by performances of Rossini's Semiramide at Venice's Teatro La Fenice in October. He conducted the opening night concert of the Donizetti Festival, of which he was named Music Director in September 2017, in Bergamo's Teatro Sociale on 22 November 2018. Two dates later, he led the Festival's performance of Donizetti's rarely-heard Il castello di Kenilworth. December finds him in Barcelona for Gran Teatre del Liceu's production of Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri. He welcomed 2019 with two eagerly-anticipated Verdi productions. First, he paces Opera Bilbao's staging of I Lombardi alla prima crociata. Returning to the USA, he conducted The Dallas Opera's performances of Falstaff.

Highlights of Riccardo's memorable 2017 - 2018 Season included productions of Verdi's Falstaff at Festival Verdi di Parma; Verdi's La traviata at New National Theatre in Tokyo; Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra national de Paris; Bellini's Norma at Orchard Hall Bunkamura in Tokyo; Verdi's Luisa Miller at Oper Zürich; Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Bellini's Norma at Teatro La Fenice, the latter the vehicle for Mariella Devia's valedictory performance of Norma; Rossini's Semiramide at Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper; and Bellini's Il pirata at Teatro alla Scala.

Riccardo's extensive discography includes numerous live recordings on DVD and Blu-ray. Available from San Francisco Opera are performances of Bellini's I Capuletti ed i Montecchi, starring Joyce DiDonato as Romeo, and Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Renée Fleming in the title rôle. Other notable DVD issues include Mozart's Don Giovanni with Ildebrando d'Arcangelo, Rossini's Armida with Renée Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee, and Donizetti's La fille du régiment with Patrizia Ciofi and Juan Diego Flórez. Riccardo's discography also includes live recordings of Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri with Olga Borodina and Ildar Abdrazakov and Matilde di Shabran with Annick Massis and Juan Diego Flórez. He has recorded aria collections with Ramón Vargas, Erwin Schrott, and Juan Diego Flórez.

A passionate educator, Riccardo has led masterclasses at the Milano Music Master School, Bologna's School of Italian Opera, and Barcelona's Third 'Eduard Toldrà' Orchestral Conducting Course. Several of his former students, including Michael Balke and Diego Martin-Etxebarria, have gone on to launch successful professional careers.

After studying harmony and counterpoint with Elisabetta Brusa at the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Riccardo pursued tutelage in conducting with Gilberto Serembe at the Music Academy of Pescara and with Gianluigi Gelmetti at Siena's Chigiana Academy. He made his first professional appearance with the Soloists of Prague in 1993, five years before taking First Prize for conductors in the Czech Republic's International Competition of South Bohemia State Philharmonic.

Riccardo currently resides in Brescia, Italy, with his wife, Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez.

For more information about Riccardo’s career and upcoming engagements, please visit his official website.

[Revised 3 January 2020]