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.

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 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 2016 Rizzi was nominated for Best Conductor at the International Opera Awards.

The 2017-18 season features several notable engagements. In September he opened the Metropolitan Opera’s new season, conducting Bellini’s Norma concurrently with a revival of Puccini’s Turandot. In February he will return to WNO to conduct performances of Tosca and a new production of La Forza del destino, as part of their three-year ‘Verdi Trilogy.’ Other upcoming highlights this season include Madama Butterfly at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Dutch National Opera, as well as a new production of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.