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, 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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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 4-6
Liszt Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Mozart Various Symphonies and Concertos
Rachmaninow Symphony 2
Ravel La Valse
Schubert Symphonies 4 & 5
Schumann Symphonies 1 & 2
Strauss, J. Various Waltz and Polkas
Strauss, R.  Also sprach Zarathustra
Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4-6
  Various Waltz and Polonaises

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen
  Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Bellini Norma
  La Sonnambula
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream
Cilea  Adriana Lecouvreur
Donizetti Anna Bolena
  Don Pasquale
  L'elisir d'Amore
  La Fille du Régiment
  Lucia di Lammermoor
  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
  Suor Angelica
  La Rondine
  Manon Lescaut
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia
  Guillaume Tell
  L'Italiana in Algeri
  Il Turco in Italia
Verdi Un ballo in maschera
  Don Carlos
  I due Foscari
  Giovanna d'Arco
  Luisa Miller
  Simon Boccanegra
  Il Trovatore
  La Traviata


Italian opera indulgence in Berlin and Lausanne 
A brief look back. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli led the new production Turandot at the Opéra de Marseille with great success:
"Excellemment dirigé qu'il est par le maestro italien. Une interprétation qui ne manque ni de couleours, ni de puissance, où les nuances sont respectées; que demander de mieux?" ( 
From Puccini to Verdi. At the same house he will conduct Rigoletto staring Nicola Alaimo in the title role on the following evenings: 01./04./06./09. and 11th of June.
From Marseille to Mannheim. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be at the conductor’s stand of the Nationaltheater Mannheim and will take over the musical direction of Roger Vontobel's new production Il Trovatore starting on July 13.
Further performance dates: 18./21./25. July and in the upcoming season: 15./22. September and October 11th


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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