Carlo Rizzi

Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi ranks among today’s leading conductors, equally at home in the opera house and the concert hall. Since making his UK conducting debut in 1988 at the Buxton festival, he has gone on to conduct productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera North, and frequently conducts at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses. In 2016 Rizzi was nominated for Best Conductor at the International Opera Awards.

From 1992 to 2001 and again from 2004-2008 he was music director of Welsh National Opera, and in September 2015 he took on the new role of Conductor Laureate of the company. This ongoing relationship saw him return to WNO in 2018 for the first part of their Verdi Trilogy with new productions by David Pountney and this season he will conduct the second part, Un ballo in maschera. He will also be conducting Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux at WNO in March 2019.

Highlights of Rizzi’s 2018-19 season include his return to The Metropolitan Opera to conduct Puccini’s Tosca and Boito’s Mefistofele. Rizzi will also make his debut at New Japan Philharmonic and at New National Theatre, Tokyo conducting Verdi’s Falstaff. Rizzi will join Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan for an all-Brahms programme and will be conducting at the Rossini Opera Festival in 2019.