-The Italian conductor returns to the City of Canals to take the helm of La Fenice’s Orchestra and Choir, with a concert to celebrate 1600 years since the founding of Venice, and the opera Roberto Devereux. Highlights of Frizza’s new season include engagements in Bergamo, Barcelona, Montecarlo, Florence, Paris and Naples.
After conducting a concert at the Verona Arena in July and giving master classes in Florence in August, the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza resumes his activity this September with two engagements in Venice, a city which has lavished him with attention throughout his career.
On the 8th September he will conduct La Fenice’s house orchestra and choir in the iconic Saint Mark’s Square in a concert to celebrate 1600 years since the founding of the city of Venice. He will be sharing the podium with Daniele Callegari, and the programme will cover some of the most emblematic music from operas by well-loved composers such as Verdi, Rossini and Puccini. The soloists will be the soprano Claudia Pabone and the tenor Piero Pretti. “The idea of this concert is to give the Venetians joy and hope after the hard period they have been through due to the pandemic. It is also a chance for La Fenice’s orchestra and choir to perform in Saint Mark’s Square again for the first time in many years, so we are all especially excited,” Frizza explains.
Also in Venice, but this time in the emblematic La Fenice opera house, the Italian maestro will conduct Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux on the 15th, 17th and 19th September, one of the operas from the Tudor Trilogy which contains some of the most beautiful and elaborate passages written by the composer, as well as a libretto which brilliantly analyses the psychology of the main character, Queen Elizabeth I of England. There will be three semi-staged performances, directed by Alfonso Antoniozzi. Elisabetta will be sung by the soprano Roberta Mantegna, Sara by the mezzo Lilly Jørstad, Devereux by the tenor Enea Scala and the Duke of Nottingham will be performed by Alessandro Luongo.
Upcoming engagements will take Riccardo Frizza to the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo. He is the musical director of the festival and in this 2020 edition he will conduct Belisario and Marino Faliero. He will also appear at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona to conduct a Donizetti concert with Sondra Radvsnovsky and Otello; at Monte-Carlo Opera for a bel-canto concert with Olga Peretyatko and Karine Deshayes; at the Maggio Musicale in Florence for Rigoletto; at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées to conduct La Sonnambula and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for L’elisir d’amore.