2018–19 Season: Roberto Devereux
Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza made his San Francisco Opera debut with 2011's Lucrezia Borgia, and he returned in 2012 for I Capuleti e i Montecchi and in 2014 for Tosca. His recent appearances include Attila, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Tosca at Venice's La Fenice; Norma at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Maria Stuarda, La Bohème, and Armida at the Metropolitan Opera; Rigoletto in Barcelona; Lucia di Lammermoor and Norma in Paris; and La Traviata in Tokyo. 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, such as Florence’s Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, ORF Radio Symphony of Vienna, Wiener Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Dreseden, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic, among others. His recordings include Bohuslav Martinů’s Mirandolina (Supraphon), La Fille du Régiment (Decca), Nabucco (TDK, also on DVD), and Tancredi (TDK). Upcoming engagements encompass Semiramide at La Fenice and the Bavarian State Opera, Il Pirata at La Scala, Luisa Miller at the Zurich Opera House, and L'Elisir d'Amore and Norma at La Fenice.