The Italian conductor will be at the Barcelona opera house to conduct 10 performances of Offenbach’s opera, before moving on to more international engagements in Monte Carlo, Paris, Florence and Naples.
After his work as musical director of the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo last November, a position he has held for three years, Riccardo Frizza will begin the year with engagements in Spain. This time he will be conducting the ten performances programmed by the Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu of Jacques Offenbach’s opera Les contes d’Hoffmann (18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 26th, 28th, 30th and 31st of January and the 1st February). The Italian maestro will be conducting the Laurent Pelly 2013 Barcelona Liceu, Lyon Opéra National and San Francisco Opera production, which is surprising in its portrayal of the tortured poet Hoffmann’s vicissitudes. For Frizza, who conducted this opera for the first time in Vienna in 2012, “this is a fascinating piece, in which it is absolutely necessary to submerge oneself deeply in the libretto and get to know the texts – and their meaning – in order to be able to conduct it in a coherent way. This is a complex opera with many characters, which the composer left unfinished, being finally concluded by Ernest Giraud. Over the year it has had various modifications, which have led to different versions. In the Liceu we will perform what is considered to be the definitive version, which the musicologist Michael Kaye worked on in the 1990s. I met him in Miami and he told me some secrets which helped me to be able to conduct the opera for the first time,” the conductor explains.
Frizza will be at the helm of two alternating casts at the Liceu, including John Osborn and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Hoffmann, Olga Pudova and Rocío Pérez (Olympia), Ermonela Jaho (Antonia), Nino Surguladze and Ginger Costa-Jackson (Giulietta), Marina Viotti and Carol García (Nicklausse) and Alexander Vinogradov and Roberto Tagliavini (Lindorf / Coppélius / Doctor Miracle / Capitán Dapertutto).
After this engagement at the Liceu, Riccardo Frizza will continue with his international engagements, conducting concerts with Joyce El-Khoury and Karine Deshayes at the Monte-Carlo Opera and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Rigoletto at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La sonnambula once again at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and L’elisir d’amore at the San Carlo in Naples. In 2022, a highlight among other engagements is his return to the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Lucia di Lammermoor.