Recently appointed as Musical Director of festival Donizetti Opera in Bergamo, Riccardo Frizza studied at Conservatory of Music in Milan and at Chigiana Academy in Siena. In 1998 he won the International Competition of South Bohemia State-Philharmonic Conductors (Czech Republic). From 1994 to 2000, he was the resident conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Brescia. A regular guest of the most important Italian opera houses and festivals, he has appeared at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Festival Verdi in Parma, Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Abroad, he has led some of the world’s most important orchestras at the most important festivals and opera houses, including Festival de Radio France and Montpellier, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Denis Festival, Royal Festival Hall of London, La Monnaie of Bruxelles, Opera of Lyon, Hercules Hall of Munich in Germany, Sao Carlos of Lisbon, 43rd International Festival of Osaka, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Among many others, he has conducted the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale of S.Cecilia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonic Orchestra “G. Verdi” in Milan, Filarmonica Toscanini, Philharmonic Orchestra of San Petersrburg, London’s Philarmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Bayerische Staatsorchester of Munich, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. During the recent past seasons, Frizza conducted Verdi’s Falstaff in Seattle, Armida at Metropolitan Opera, Don Carlo in Bilbao, Anna Bolena concert version with Dresden Staatskapelle, Don Pasquale in Florence, Manon Lescaut in Verona, Così fan tutte at Macerata Festival, Lucrezia Borgia in San Francisco. Further highlights include Il Trovatore in Venice, Luisa Miller in Bilbao, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Attila at Theater an der Wien, L’elisir d’amore in Dresden, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in San Francisco and Munich, La Cenerentola at Paris-Bastille and Munich, La Scala di Seta and Luisa Miller in Zurich, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Munich, Otello in Frankfurt, Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio and Il Pirata at La Scala, Rigoletto at Arena di Verona and in Seattle; Norma, La Bohème, Tosca and Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, L’Italiana in Algeri at Palais Garnier in Paris, La Bohème in Dresden and in Dallas, Tosca in San Francisco; Tosca, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’amore and Norma at La Fenice, Norma at Champs Elysées in Paris, I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Rigoletto in Barcelona, Linda di Chamounix at the Opera di Roma, Otello and Aida at Sferisterio Festival in Macerata, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Paris, Norma at Lyric Opera in Chicago, I Puritani at Müpa Budapest and La Traviata and Norma in Tokyo.
He has recorded for Supraphon, Decca, Dynamic, Naxos and TDK.