Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi made his Royal Opera debut in 1990 conducting La Cenerentola. He has since returned regularly to The Royal Opera, conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, Il viaggio a Reims, La Favorite, Madama Butterfly, L’italiana in Algeri, Otello, Aroldo, La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, Elisabetta, Tosca, Il trovatore and Matilde di Shabran for the Company, and In Parenthesis for Welsh National Opera on the main stage.
Rizzi studied at the Milan Conservatory and on graduation worked as a répétiteur with La Scala, Milan. He began his conducting career in 1982 conducting Donizetti’s L’ajo nell’imbarazzo and has since conducted more than a hundred operas for companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Zürich Opera House and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He was Music Director of WNO 1992–2001 and 2004–8, and in 2015 was named Conductor Laureate of the company. Engagements elsewhere include La bohème (Metropolitan Opera), Rigoletto (Dutch National Opera), Luisa Miller (Zürich Opera), La fanciulla del West (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Un ballo in maschera (La Monnaie, Brussels), Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci and Tosca (La Scala) and Cavalleria rusticana and Sancta Susanna (Paris Opéra).
Rizzi has appeared in concert with orchestras including Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. His extensive discography includes Faust, Kát’a Kabanová, Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera for WNO and La traviata for Salzburg Festival and Deutsche Grammophon.