2018–19 Season: Conductor of Roberto Devereux
Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza made his San Francisco Opera debut with 2011's Lucrezia Borgia and returned in 2012 for I Capuleti e i Montecchi and in 2014 for Tosca. His recent appearances include Semiramide at the Bavarian State Opera, Norma and L’Elisir d’Amore at Venice’s La Fenice, Luisa Miller at the Zurich Opera House, and Il Pirata at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. Frizza is the first musical director of the Donizetti Festival, whose inaugural season takes place in November 2018. Other credits include 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, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, among others. His recordings include Bohuslav Martinů’s Mirandolina (Supraphon), La Fille du Régiment (Decca), Nabucco (TDK, also on DVD), and Tancredi (TDK). Later this season, he leads Falstaff at the Dallas Opera.