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, particularly, 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 future highlights are worth mentioning Il Trovatore, Nabucco, La Rondine, and Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Le Barbier de Séville in Marseille, La Fille du Regiment in Toulon, Guillaume Tell in Hamburg, Madama Butterfly in Stuttgart, La Bohème in Metz, as well as Anna Bolena in Lausanne.
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 the Deutsche Oper Berlin are available on DVD.
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One swallow does not make a summer :
After his celebrated house debut at Brussels’ Teatre de la Monnaie with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as well as the acclaimed Guillaume Tell revival at Staatsoper Hamburg, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli now returns to his second home, Berlin. The occasion for his return is the revival of his highly successful new production of Puccini’s La Rondine, which premiered in 2015 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where it will now be performed again. Dates: April 29th and May 1st + 6th.
La Rondine brings sunshine to Berlin
In June, the audience of the Deutsche Oper can start looking forward to another Italian opera composition under the baton of Rizzi Brignoli when Verdi’s Don Carlo will be performed with a prominent cast. Dates: June 24th + 29th and July 2nd + 6th.
Photo: Elisa Lovati
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"