Roberto Rizzi Brignoli graduated with honors in Piano at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he also studied composition and conducting. Afterwards he attended masterclasses with Aldo Ciccolini and joined a long-time collaboration with Gianandrea Gavazzeni, who eventually led him to the Teatro alla Scala, where he worked as Head of Music Services until 2002.
A landmark in Rizzi Brignoli’s career was his work with Riccardo Muti in numerous productions at La Scala, especially in Verdi’s operas (Otello, La Traviata, Rigoletto, I Due Foscari). The turning points of his career and the events which made him internationally renowned were the productions of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, when he took over the musical direction at short notice, gaining a huge success.
The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the whole range of the Italian and French operatic repertoire, as well as in the classic, romantic, up to the modern symphonic repertoire.
During his intense symphonic activity he worked with such institutions as the Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, I Cameristi della Scala, Orchestra Toscanini, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in Amsterdam, Orchestre National de Lille, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France.
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli has also been guest in some of the most renowned opera houses and festivals of the world, such as La Scala in Milan (Otello, La Traviata, Rigoletto, I Due Foscari, L’Elisir d’Amore, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Fille du Régiment), Opera di Roma (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Teatro Verdi in Trieste (Le Nozze di Figaro), Rossini Opera Festival, Sferisterio di Macerata (Macbeth, Norma), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (La Bohéme, Madama Butterfly), Oper Frankfurt (Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci), Opera di Bilbao (Le nozze di Figaro, Manon Lescaut, Les Pecheurs de Perles, La Traviata), La Fenice in Venice (La Scala di Seta, L’Elisir d’Amore), Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Nabucco, Un Ballo in Maschera, I due Foscari, Traviata, Macbeth, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Rondine, Verdi Requiem, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo), Teatro Real in Madrid (La Favorite), Miami Opera (Norma), Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago (Madama Butterfly), Opera de Genève (Don Carlo), Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova (L’Elisir d’Amore), Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile (La Cenerentola, Lucia di Lammermoor, Otello, Madama Butterfly, La Favorite, Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Opera de Lille (Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Trovatore), Opera du Capitole in Toulouse (Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto), Opera Avignon, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (Madama Butterfly), Nikikai Opera in Tokyo (La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Otello), Semperoper Dresden (Beatrice di Tenda, La Cenerentola), Ópera de Oviedo, Teatro Massimo V. Bellini in Catania (L’Elisir d’Amore), Opéra de Lausanne (Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller, La Fille du régiment), Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Maometto Secondo), Festival Internacional de Santander, Opera de Marseille (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda…), Opera de Nantes, Opera de Nancy, Teatro de La Maestranza in Sevilla (La Favorite), Metropolitan Opera in New York (La Bohème), la Monnaie in Brussels (Madama Butterfly), Stuttgart (Madama Butterfly), Metz Opera (La Bohème)…
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli has recorded for Sony and Warner. Furthermore, the production of Adriana Lecouvreur performed at the Teatro alla Scala and La Rondine performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin are available on DVD.
Among his future highlights are worth mentioning, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Turandot in Marseille, Simon Boccanegra in Dijon, Nabucco in Lille, Dijon and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Anna Bolena in Lausanne, Il Trovatore in Mannheim, Il Turco in Italia and La Traviata in Hamburg, The Prophet in Berlin…
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