Roberto 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 started collaborating with Riccardo Muti, whose appreciation of him resulted in Rizzi Brignoli conducting numerous productions there like Otello, La Traviata, Rigoletto, I due Foscari, L’Elisir d’Amore, Adriana Lecouvreur, and La Fille du Régiment.
The turning point of his career and the event which made him internationally renowned was the hugely successful production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in the season 1997-1998.

As an expert of the Italian and French operatic repertoire, he is a welcome guest at renowned houses and festivals worldwide, including the Dresden Semperoper, the State Operas in Hamburg and Stuttgart, Opera Frankfurt, National Theatre in Mannheim, Aalto-Theater Essen, Bolshoi-Theater Moscow, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, Teatro Comunale in Firenze, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Teatro Real de Madrid, Bilbao Opera, Teatro La Maestranza in Seville, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Marseille, Opéra de Nantes, Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Reims, Opéra de Dijon, and Opéra de Lausanne, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Opera House Muscat, Florida Opera, Nikikai Opera in Tokyo, as well as the Chorégies d’Orange, Avenches Festival, Festival Puccini Torre del Lago, Opera Festival in Santander, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, and the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata.
In 2010, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli made his acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with La Bohème.

Rizzi Brignoli has been cultivating a close connection to Deutsche Oper Berlin for many years, where he led, amongst others, Don Carlo, Turandot, Nabucco, Andrea Chénier, as well as the new productions Il trovatore, L’elisir d’amore, and Rolando Villazón’s highly acclaimed staging of La Rondine.

Since January 2020, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli is the new Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra. In the coming season his projects there include the productions Carmen and Rigoletto as well as several concerts.

In addition to his operatic repertoire, Rizzi Brignoli is a sought-after concert conductor as well. His repertoire includes symphonic works from the classic, romantic and the modern era. 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 Berlin, Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborg Symfoniker, and the Limburg Symphonic Orchestra.

Among his projects in season 2021/22 were Carmen at the Festival Soirées lyriques de Sanxay, the new production La Gioconda in Toulouse, Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco in Modena and Reggio Emilia, the new production of Puccini’s Il trittico at Aalto-Theater Essen, Rigoletto at Hamburg’s State Opera, as well as the new production of Der Freischütz at Nationaltheater Mannheim.
In Mannheim he also conducted concerts with the Musikalische Akademie des Nationaltheater-Orchesters with works by Schubert and Beethoven.

In the current season, among other things, he will return to Marseille to take on the musical direction of the productions Giovanna d’Arco and Elisabeth, reine d’Angleterre (Rossini), and will conduct the new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller at Opera Cologne.

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli has recorded for Sony and Warner Classics. Furthermore, the productions of Adriana Lecouvreur performed at Teatro alla Scala, as well as La Rondine at Deutsche Oper Berlin are available on DVD.

For the season 2023/24 he will become the new Music Director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim, whereby he will adjacently hold the same position at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.


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Repertoire Concert

Beethoven Symphonies 1-9
  Violin Concerto
  Piano Concertos 1-5
  Triple Concerto
  Missa Solemnis
  Ouvertures to "Coriolan" and "Egmont"
Berlioz Les Nuits d'éte
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
  Symphonies 1-4
Chopin Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Dvorak Symphonies 8 & 9
Haydn Symphonies 102-104
Liszt Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Mendelssohn Symphonies 4 & 5
Mozart Various Symphonies and Concertos
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Rachmaninow Symphony no 2
Ravel La Valse
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Roussel, A. Symphony no 1
Schubert Symphonies 4, 8, 9
Schumann Symphonies 1-4
Strauss, J. Various Waltz and Polkas
Strauss, R.  Also sprach Zarathustra
Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4-6
  Various Waltz and Polonaises
Verdi Messa da Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen
  Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Bellini Beatrice di Tenda
  I Puritani
  La Sonnambula
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream
Cilea  Adriana Lecouvreur
Donizetti Anna Bolena
  Il borgomastro di Saardam
  Don Pasquale
  L'elisir d'Amore
  La Fille du Régiment
  Lucia di Lammermoor
  Lucrezia Borgia
  Maria Stuarda
Giordano Andrea Chénier
Gounod Faust
Meyerbeer L'Africaine
Mozart Così fan tutte
  Die Zauberflöte
  Don Giovanni
  La Clemenza di Tito
  Le Nozze di Figaro
Ponchielli La Gioconda
Puccini La Bohème
  Madama Butterfly
  Manon Lescaut
  La Rondine
  Il trittico (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi)
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia
  Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra*
  Guillaume Tell
  L'Italiana in Algeri
  Maometto II
  Il Turco in Italia
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin*
Verdi Un ballo in maschera
  Don Carlos
  Forza del destino
  I due Foscari
  Giovanna d'Arco
  Luisa Miller
  Simon Boccanegra
  Il Trovatore
  La Traviata
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer*
von Weber Der Freischütz

*in preparation


The new GMD at Nationaltheater Mannheim
With great joy we announce that as of season 2023/24, the internationally renowned Maestro Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be the new General Music Director at Nationaltheater Mannheim!

His successful new productions "Il Trovatore" and "Der Freischütz" in the past seasons in Mannheim as well as concerts with the Musikalische Akademie des Nationaltheaterorchesters whet the appetite for future projects in Mannheim.

Rizzi Brignoli signs a three-year contract with the NTM. In addition, he will keep his position as GMD at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.
Pure excitement - Freischütz in Mannheim 
After Puccini's "Trittico" in Essen and Verdi's "Rigoletto" in Hamburg, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli takes the exciting next step into new repertoire:
he will conduct, for the first time, Carl Maria von Weber's "Der Freischütz" at Nationaltheater Mannheim.

The new staging by the artistic group "Kommando Himmelfahrt" celebrates its premiere on April 8, 2022 with further performances on: April 10/17, May 08/15 and June 06.
1, 2, 3 ... operas in one evening! 
The audience of the Aalto-Theater gets to enjoy not just one, but three operas when the premiere of Puccini’s famous one-acters („Il trittico“) takes place in Essen on January 22nd, 2022!
On the conductor’s stand they can look forward to Puccini expert, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli. In the new staging by Roland Schwab also Bettina Ranch (role debuts as Zia Principessa, La Frugola) and Christoph Seidl (debut as Simone) can be seen and heard.

Further performances with Roberto Rizzi Brignoli:
30.1., 5.2., 20./31.3., 24.4. and 15.6.


Il Trovatore / Nationaltheater Mannheim / 15.07.19 /

"lässt mit dem Orchester des Nationaltheaters Verdis Musik aufglühen." 

Turandot / Opéra de Marseille / 01.05.19 /

"excellemment dirigé qu'il est par le maestro italien" 

La Bohème / Opéra-Théâtre de Metz / 02.10.17 /

"conducted with great musicality" 

La Bohème / Opéra-Théâtre de Metz / 29.09.17 /

"une conviction et une efficacité qui forcent l'admiration" 

La Bohème / Opéra-Théâtre de Metz / 29.09.17 /

"un interprète idéal dans la direction de R. Rizzi Brignoli" 

Madama Butterfly / Théâtre de La Monnaie / 02.02.17 /

"frei von jeder larmoyanten Sentimentalität" 

Anna Bolena / l'Opéra municipal de Marseille / 23.10.16 /

 "une totale satisfaction" 

La Rondine / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 09.03.15 / 

"mit lebhaftem Körpereinsatz und feinfühliger Zeichengebung" 

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