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Q & A: Riccardo Frizza On ‘Falstaff’ & The Donizetti Opera Festival

Riccardo Frizza is one of today’s foremost Italian conductors specializing in the Italian repertoire. He has appeared at all the great opera houses in the world and has interpreted many of the great works by Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, and Bellini. Recently, he was appointed the music director of the Donizetti Opera Festival and for his first assignment, he took on “Il Castello di Kenilworth.” Frizza has stated that his goal is to place a greater emphasis on many of Donizetti’s rare operas, many of which he believes to be as important as many of his more renowned works.
Currently Frizza is conducting Verdi’s “Falstaff” at the Dallas Opera and that will be followed by “La Traviata” and “Aida” this summer. In a recent interview with OperaWire Frizza spoke about conducting Verdi’s “Falstaff” for the third time in his career and the challenges of the work. He also spoke about the Donizetti Opera Festival and what his hopes for the upcoming festival this fall.