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Riccardo Frizza will conduct Lucrezia Borgia and the Donizetti Festival’s opening gala


The Italian conductor returns to the the Donizetti Festival podium (Bergamo) for his second year as musical director of the event, where he will conduct the opening gala and an opera

November 2019

The Bergamo Donizetti Festival (Italy) begins on the 14th November at the Teatro Sociale with the festival´s musical director in the podium, the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza. He will be there after having opened the opera seasons in Paris (with Bellini´s I puritani) and Bilbao (with Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor). For the opening gala of the festival dedicated to the great and essential Gaetano Donizetti , which takes place in the town of his birth, Frizza will be in charge of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra and the soloists Carmela Remigio, Marta Torbidoni, Konu Kim, Alessandro Corbelli and Florian Sempey. The programme ranges from Donizetti´s bel canto to composers such as Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Auber and Thomás.

Later, on the 20th, 22nd and 24th November, Riccardo Frizza will lead performances of one of the Bergamo composer´s most important operas, Lucrezia Borgia, in a production directed by Andrea Bernard and with lead roles sung by Carmela Remigio, Xabier Anduaga, Varduhi Abrahamyan and Marko Mimica, among others.

Among other concerts and educational activities, the Bergamo Donizetti Festival will also include the performance of two little-known operas by the Italian composer, which are Pietro il Grande and the unfinished L’ange de Nisida.

When the festival is over, Riccardo Frizza will travel to the Lyric Opera in Chicago to conduct a concert of scenes from Donizetti´s Tudor Trilogy featuring the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and he will return to the Opéra National de Paris, this time with Bellini´s Il Pirata with Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Spyres and Ludovic Tézier.

Riccardo Frizza picks up the prize for Best Festival at the Oper! Awards in Germany for the Bergamo Donizetti Festival


– The Italian conductor, who is the Musical Director of the event, will open the season in Bilbao with Lucia di Lammermoor

September 2019

On Saturday 21st September the man in charge of the music at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo (Italy), Riccardo Frizza and the Artistic Director Francesco Micheli, picked up the award for Best Festival at the first edition of the Oper! Awards in Berlin, which is organised by the German magazine Oper!   Frizza, who had just opened the Opéra National season in Paris with Bellini´s I Puritani and who will also raise the curtain on the ABAO Bilbao Opera season with Lucia di Lammermoor, was delighted with the award: “This is a prize for teamwork, but also, for the work of a composer who was fundamental in the opera genre, Gaetano Donizetti.”

In the award ceremony, in which the Spanish tenor Xavier Anduaga was also awarded the prize for best debut for his performance in the last Donizetti Festival, the figure of Donizetti had great presence among the prize-winners.  A recording of L’ange de Nisida (Opera Rara) also won a prize for best CD – the only Donizetti opera which has never be premiered and which will be seen in a revival at the Festival next November. “Rigorous work, which is faithful to the original sources” Frizza explains “is allowing us to re-evaluate Donizetti. In Bilbao, for example, we are performing Lucia di Lammermoor in the original tonality it was written in, also using the now rarely played glass harmonica to accompany the soprano´s variations in the famous Mad Scene.”

In the next Bergamo Festival Frizza will conduct Lucrezia Borgia as well as a Donizetti gala (November), before travelling to Chicago to take charge of three concerts centred on the great scenes from Donizetti´s Tudor queens (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux) featuring the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (December). He will then return to Paris for an opera by one of the other great bel-canto composers, Bellini´s Il Pirata (December).