Carlo Rizzi

Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi ranks among today’s leading conductors, equally at home in the opera house and 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. From 1992 to 2001 he was music director of Welsh National Opera, and he returned in 2004, resuming the position until 2008.

Carlo Rizzi’s ongoing relationship with WNO saw him open the 14/15 season, conducting praised new productions of Moses in Egypt, William Tell, and later in the season, Bellini’s I puritani. Maestro Rizzi returned to WNO in May 2016 to conduct the world premiere of Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis, one of two new productions to celebrate WNO’s 70th birthday. The production then transferred to London’s Royal Opera House for two further performances. In September 2015, Carlo Rizzi took on the new role of Conductor Laureate with WNO with immediate effect.

Carlo Rizzi opened his 2016-17 season at the New York Metropolitan Opera, conducting Puccini’s La Bohéme. The season has also seen Rizzi’s return to Opera de Paris, conducting Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana paired with Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna, and Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Dutch National Opera.