Riccardo Frizza directs Donizetti in Barcelona and Bellini in Paris

Riccardo Frizza_Belcanto Concert © Monte-Carlo Opera_Feb 2021

After directing Rigoletto at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino last February in a production directed by Davide Livermore that was recorded behind closed doors due to the current closure of theaters in Italy and which will soon be broadcast on streaming, Riccardo Frizza returns to Barcelona in May to take command of the lycée symphony on 6 Y 8 May to conduct soprano Sondra Radvanovsky at the concert The Three Queens, with the final scenes of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda Y Roberto Devereux). The show, premiered at the Chicago Opera in 2019, will have the stage direction of Rafael R. Villalobos, who has designed a specific setting and wardrobe for each queen. Faced with this reunion with Sondra Radvanovsky, Frizza assures that “it does not occur to him" think about "a better voice that can face a challenge of these characteristicsThan that of the American singer, “since he knows how to immerse himself in the style achieving an interpretation, both from the point of view as dramatic vowel, I would say sublime”.

This staged concert should have premiered last December, but the sanitary conditions derived from the pandemic forced the Barcelona coliseum to postpone it until this spring. “I am very happy to return to the Liceu for the second time this season, after Les contes d’Hoffman last January, a theater in which I feel at home and to which I will return in future and interesting projects”, concludes the Italian director.

After his engagement in Barcelona, the musical manager of the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo will return to Paris, this time to conduct at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées La sonnambula, Bellini, the days 15, 17, 20, 22, 24 Y 26 of June before the Orchester de Chambre de Paris and the Chœur de Radio France in a staging whose stage direction is signed by the tenor Rolando Villazón and with a luxurious cast, among which the soprano Pretty Yende stands out as Amina and Francesco Demuro in the role of The wine.

Facing summer, Riccardo Frizza will offer master classes organized by the Venice Biennale between the 2 and the 11 July before returning to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples to direct five performances of L'elisir d'amore the days 23, 25, 27, 29 Y 31 the same month.

Riccardo Frizza_Belcanto Concert © Monte-Carlo Opera

Riccardo Frizza

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Champs-Elysées Theater