-The Italian maestro will conduct the opening concert as well as the revival of the Donizetti opera Il castello di Kenilworth
After appearing at La Scala in Milan (Il pirata), San Francisco Opera (Roberto Devereux) and La Fenice in Venice (Semiramide), the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza will make his debut as the splendid new musical director of the Bergamo Donizetti Festival (Italy) on the 22nd November, in the famous bel-canto composer´s city of birth. He will be conducting the festival’s opening concert, which features some of the most renowned stars that specialise in the style such as the soprano Jessica Pratt, the mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona and the tenors Levy Sekgapane and Xabier Anduaga. The concert will take place at the Bergamo Teatro Sociale and the programme includes pieces by Rossini and Donizetti.
Two days later, Riccardo Frizza will premiere the long-forgotten opera by the Bergamo composer, Il castello di Kenilworth (performances on the 24th and 30th November and 2nd December), a great event on the world opera scene, as this opera was particularly loved by Donizetti himself. One of the main characters is the English Queen Elizabeth I, a recurring figure in the opera world. Jessica Pratt, Carmela Remigio, Xabier Anduaga, Stefan Pop and Lorenzo Barbieri will perform in the revival, among other singers, in a new Donizetti Festival production which will be directed by the Spanish actress and director María Pilar Pérez Aspa.
After his engagements in the world Donizetti capital, Frizza will return to the Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu in December to conduct Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (performances are on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December), where he will take the helm of a double cast of revered specialists in the art of singing Rossini.