-The Italian maestro returns to the Liceu and to the ABAO-OLBE season
Riccardo Frizza began the season by conducting Rossini’s opera Semiramide at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. He then conducted the opening concert at the Bergamo Donizetti Festival and also the revival of the little-known Donizetti opera Il Castello di Kenilworth, operating in his new role of musical director of the festival. This December he will return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona to take the helm of the marvellous bel-canto opera L’italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini, before travelling to Bilbao, in January, to conduct I Lombardi alla prima crociata by Giuseppe Verdi.
In Barcelona Frizza will display his mastery of bel-canto repertoire, on which he is a world-renowned expert, with two casts headed by specialists in the style such as the mezzo-sopranos Varduhi Abrhamyan and Maite Beaumont, the tenors Maxim Mironov and Edgardo Rocha and the bass-baritones Luca Pisaroni and Simón Orfila. This L’italiana in Algeri is a Turin Teatro Regio production, directed by Vittorio Borrelli and conducted, of course, by Riccardo Frizza. Performances will take place on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December.
On his return to the ABAO-OLBE (Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera) season, Riccardo Frizza will be conducting a rarely-performed Verdi opera, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, with performances on the 19th, 22nd, 25th and 28th January. This opera will almost complete the Tutto Verdi project, an ABAO-OLBE initiative to revisit every single one of the operas written by the Italian composer (the cycle will wind up with Alzira and Jerusalem). On this occasion the maestro Frizza will be working with the singers José Bros, Ekaterina Metlova and Roberto Tagliavini in the main roles, in a Lamberto Puggelli production for the Parma Teatro Regio.