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 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, and La Fille du Régiment in Lausanne, Lucia di Lammermoor, I due Foscari, La Traviata, as well as the greatly successful new productions of La Rondine (Stage Director: Rolando Villazón) and L’Elisier d’Amore at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Macbeth, Lucia di Lammermoor und Il Trovatore in Lille, Manon Lescaut in Muscat, Un ballo in Maschera in Metz, Il Turco in Italia in Hamburg, Il Trovatore in Luxemburg, and Lucia di Lammermoor in Avignon.
Among his projects in season 2017/18 are La Bohème in Metz, Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Opéra de Lille, Madama Butterfly at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra de Marseille, Simon Boccanegra in Dijon, Anna Bolena in Lausanne, as well as concerts in Gothenburg and Avignon.
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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For Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, the new season begins with a great debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra! On October 20th and 21st he undertakes the musical direction of Verdi’s Requiem, in which fellow BOM artist, Tuija Knihtilä, can be heard as well.
Subsequently, Rizzi Brignoli returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin where, starting October 29th, he will conduct Verdi’s Nabucco, with which he shone in Rome past season. Further performance dates: November 1st, May 20th/24th.
Simultaneously, on November 2nd, he will make his debut at the Oper Stuttgart with Madama Butterfly, directed by Monique Wagemakers. The production can be seen and heard throughout the whole of November: 07th/12th/19th and 25th.
The next Italian master calls him to his hometown. On November 24th, Donizetti’s seldomly staged opera Il borgomastro di Saardam celebrates its premiere at the Teatro Donizetti Bergamo with Roberto Rizzi Brignoli at the conductor’s stand. Further performances on: November 26th and December 2nd.



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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