CARLO RIZZI (conductor) made his debut as a conductor with Donizetti’s L’ajo nell’imbarazzo in 1982, and was appointed Conductor Laureate with WNO, where he has conducted Fidelio, Peter Grimes, Salome, Don Carlo and Der fliegende Holländer.
CARLO RIZZI (conductor) studied at the conservatoire of Milan, and worked on various productions by Teatro alla Scala on graduating. In 1982, he made his debut as a conductor with Donizetti’s L’ajo nell’imbarazzo. In 2004, Rizzi was appointed principal conductor of the Welsh National Opera for the second time, a position he had also held between 1992 and 2001. In 2015, he was appointed Conductor Laureate with WNO, where he has conducted Fidelio, Peter Grimes, Salome, Don Carlo and Der fliegende Holländer (with Bryn Terfel). At the centenary edition of the BBC Proms, he conducted the WNO orchestra in their first promenade concert. Rizzi is a regular guest conductor at leading opera houses and festivals all over the world, including Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala and The Royal Opera London. Besides operas, he has conducted several orchestras, such as Orchestre du Théâtre, Royal de La Monnaie, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Productions he has recently conducted include Guillaume Tell, Mosè in Egitto (WNO), La fanciulla del West (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Un ballo in machera (La Monnaie Brussels), Cavalleria rusticana | Pagliacci, Tosca (Teatro alla Scala), Nabucco (Lyric Opera Chicago) and Cavalleria rusticana | Sanca Susanna (Opéra de Paris).
DNO productions: Don Pasquale, Luisa Miller, Otello, Macbeth, Mefistofele, Cavalleria rusticana|Pagliacci, Un ballo in maschera, Villazón concerts and Lucia di Lammermoor.