Riccardo Frizza


Chief Conductor – Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Art Groups
Music Director – Bergamo Donizetti Opera Festival


Riccardo Frizza – recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Budapest – studied at the Milan Conservatory and the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, and is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation, particularly devoted to the nineteenth century Italian operatic repertoire, and to the romantic and twentieth century symphonic repertoire.

Riccardo is a regular guest at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Fenice in Venice, Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Verdi Festival in Parma and the Macerata Opera Festival. He has conducted at the Opéra National de Paris, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, New York Metropolitan Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Münich.

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“On this evening he showed why he is one of the most sought after Bel Canto conductors. His music making was always about the drama and moving the music forward.”

Francisco Salazar

Opera Wire

“With Lyric newcomer Frizza at the helm, no musical gesture was perfunctory, no interpretive decision ill-chosen. The Italian conductor’s marshaling of musical details as they related to dramatic expression — the color and duration of orchestral chording, for instance — was typical of his thorough understanding of Bellini’s score. His seamless pacing and rhythmic exactitude went far toward countering static moments in the staging. Such was the quality of the orchestra’s responses to Frizza.”

Chicago Tribune

It was left to conductor Riccardo Frizza to elicit the beauties of the score, and he did so at every turn, drawing luxuriant playing from San Francisco’s responsive orchestra and lending sensitive support to DiDonato and Cabell.

Opera News