BiographyRoberto Rizzi Brignoli graduated with honors in Piano at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he also studied composition and conducting. Until 2002, he was Head of Music Services at the Teatro alla Scala and eventually started collaborating with Riccardo Muti, whose appreciation of him resulted in Brignoli conducting numerous productions there.
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 of Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, I Cameristi della Scala, Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Limburger Symphonic Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lille, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de France.
In addition to his extensive symphonic work, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli also led countless opera stagings, including Otello, La Traviata, Rigoletto, I Due Foscari, L’elisir d’amore, Adriana Lecouvreur, and La Fille du Régiment at the most renowned opera houses and festivals in Italy, Spain, France, Japan, Switzerland, the USA, and Germany, including Hamburg and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, with whom he has had a close relationship since several years and where he is annually leading, in particular, new productions.
In 2010, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli made his acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with La Bohème.
Highlights of recent years include Rigoletto at the Avanches Festival and at the Chorégies d’Orange; Norma, Tosca, Luisa Miller, Anna Bolena and La Fille du Régiment in Lausanne; Lucia di Lammermoor, I due Foscari, La Traviata and the highly acclaimed new production of La Rondine (Staging: Rolando Villazón), Nabucco and L’Elisir d’Amore at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Madama Butterfly at Staatstheater Stuttgart; Macbeth, Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco and Il Trovatore in Lille; Manon Lescaut in Muscat; Un ballo in Maschera and La Bohème in Metz; Il Turco in Italia in Hamburg; Il Trovatore in Luxembourg, Lucia di Lammermoor in Avignon as well as Donizetti‘s Il borgomastro di Saardam in Bergamo.
Among his projects in season 2018/19 are Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opéra de Dijon, Il turco in Italia and La traviata at Staatsoper Hamburg, Il trovatore at Nationaltheater Mannheim, Anna Bolena in Lausanne as well as Turandot in Marseille.
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli has recorded for Sony and a recording for Warner is following soon. Furthermore, the productions of Adriana Lecouvreur performed at the Teatro alla Scala, as well as La Rondine at Deutsche Oper Berlin are available on DVD.
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Italian opera indulgence in Berlin and LausanneAs is well known, quality is no coincidence – which is why it is no big surprise that Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, proven expert of the Italian opera repertoire, undertakes the musical direction of the following productions:
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts Verdi’s first great successful opera Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Further performances: December 23rd and 28th.
In addition, he will be at the conductor’s stand of the Opéra de Lausanne, conducting the new production of Anna Bolena on the following evenings: February 03/06/08/10 and 13
Photo: Elisa Lovati
Nabucco / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 08.09.18 / classiquenews.com
"A la tête d'un orchestre rutilant de tous ses pupitres, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli confirme sa place au sein des meilleurs chefs verdiens de notre époque."
La Bohème / Opéra-Théâtre de Metz / 02.10.17 / kulturkompasset.com
"conducted with great musicality"
La Bohème / Opéra-Théâtre de Metz / 29.09.17 / classiquenews.com
"une conviction et une efficacité qui forcent l'admiration"
La Bohème / Opéra-Théâtre de Metz / 29.09.17 / forumopera.com
"un interprète idéal dans la direction de R. Rizzi Brignoli"
Madama Butterfly / Théâtre de La Monnaie / 02.02.17 / brf.be
"frei von jeder larmoyanten Sentimentalität"
Anna Bolena / l'Opéra municipal de Marseille / 23.10.16 / bachtrack.com
"une totale satisfaction"