Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza made his San Francisco Opera debut with last season’s Lucrezia Borgia. His recent appearances include Armida, Il Trovatore, and Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera; Il Turco in Italia in Berlin; L’Elisir d’Amore in Amsterdam; Otello in Tokyo; Il Trovatore in Venice; Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Anna Bolena, and L’Elisir d’Amore with Dresden’s Saxon State Opera; Luisa Miller and Don Carlos in Bilbao; and Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Vienna. Frizza served as conductor-in-residence for the Symphonic Orchestra of Brescia from 1994 to 2000. Other credits include Die Zauberflöte at Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, Don Giovanni at Theater an der Wien, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Bilbao, La Fille du Régiment at Houston Grand Opera, La Cenerentola at the Bavarian State Opera, Luisa Miller in Leipzig, and Aida at Tokyo’s New National Theatre and Seattle Opera. Frizza has led many orchestras in Europe and Asia, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, the ORF Radio Symphony of Vienna, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Staatskapelle Dreseden, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic, among others. His many recordings include Martinů’s Mirandolina (Supraphon), La Fille du Régiment (Decca), Verdi’s Nabucco (TDK, also on DVD), and Rossini’s Tancredi (TDK). Upcoming engagements include La Cenerentola with Paris Opera, Rossini’s La Scala di Seta in Zurich, Verdi’s Oberto with Milan’s La Scala, Otello in Frankfurt, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Munich, and Attila in Vienna.