Riccardo Frizza

The Italian master returns to the city of canals to take command of the Orchestra and Choir of La Fenice with a concert celebrating the 1.600 years of Venice and with the opera Roberto Devereux, istart of a season in which commitments in Bergamo also stand out, Barcelona, Montecarlo, Florence, Paris and naples.

After conducting a concert last July at the Arena of Verona and offering master classes in Florence in August, Italian director Riccardo Frizza returns to the stage this September with two engagements in Venice, a city in which he has lavished assiduously during his artistic career.

He 8 September will lead the stable bodies of La Fenice in the iconic Plaza San Marcos and in a concert celebrating the 1.600 years of the founding of the city of canals. Sharing the podium with Daniele Callegari, the event will offer a review of some of the most emblematic operatic pages of such popular authors as Verdi, Rossini or Puccini, in which the soprano Claudia Pabone and the tenor Piero Pretti will also participate. “With this concert we want to offer the Venetians joy and hope after the hard period lived by the pandemic; Besides, La Fenice's orchestra and choir will play again in Piazza San Marco after many years, so we are all especially excited”, says Frizza.

Always in Venice but in the emblematic room of the La Fenice Theater, the Italian director will direct the days 15, 17 Y 19 of September Roberto Devereux, Donizetti, one of the titles of the Tudor Trilogy that brings together some of the most beautiful and elaborate passages in the production of the Bergamo composer, as well as a libretto that offers a brilliant psychological analysis of its protagonist, Queen Elizabeth I of England. There will be three performances in semi-staged format and with stage direction by Alfonso Antoniozzi. The main roles include Elisabetta by soprano Roberta Mantegna, Sara de la mezzo Lilly Jørstad, the Devereux of the tenor Enea Scala and the Duke of Nottingham to be interpreted by Alessandro Luongo.

Upcoming commitments will take Riccardo Frizza to stages such as those of the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, of which is its musical director and in which in the edition 2020 Direct to Belisario Y Marino Faliero; to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona where he will conduct a Donizetti concert with Sondra Radvsnovsky and Otello; at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo with a bel canto concert with Olga Peretyatko and Karine Deshayes; at the Maggio Musicale de Florencia with Rigoletto; al Théatre des Champs-Élysées con La Sonnambula and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with L'elisir d'amore.

Photograph: Joan Thomas

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