-After conducting Donizetti’s Requiem in Bergamo, the Italian conductor will return to the podium at the Arena di Verona summer festival on July 25 for an opera gala.
The Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza will be participating in the Arena Opera Festival in July once again, this time to conduct Il Cuore italiano della musica, an opera gala in which some of the best international opera singers linked to the popular Verona summer festival will perform. As the concert will be given in memory of the victims of the pandemic and in homage to Italian health professionals, the singers will include many of their compatriots, such as Francesco Meli, Fabio Sartori, Roberto Aronica, Fabio Armiliato, Annalisa Stroppa, Barbara Frittoli, Eleonora Buratto, Luca Salsi, Leo Nucci, Daniela Barcellona and Ferruccio Furlanetto. They will be joined by María José Siri and Saimir Pirgu. Frizza will share his conducting duties with Marco Armiliato, Andrea Battistoni and Francesco Ivan Ciampa.
This is the second homage to the victims of Covid-19 in which Riccardo Frizza has participated. On Sunday 28th June he conducted Donizetti’s Messa da Requiem in an initiative by the Bergamo Donizetti Opera festival, of which he is musical director. The event took place at the gates of the Lombard city’s Monumental Cemetery and was broadcast by RAI. The concert was attended by the most senior Italian officials, led by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
Although Frizza was going to be opening the Parisian Opéra National season in September with L’elisir d’amore, this engagement has been cancelled due to the health crisis. Upcoming engagements include Belisario and Marino Faliero in Bergamo, a Donizetti concert and Verdi’s Otello in Barcelona, a bel-canto gala in Montecarlo and La Sonnambula in Paris, among others.