Carlo Rizzi was born in Milan and studied conducting at the city’s Conservatoire. He went on to study in Siena with Franco Ferrara and in Bologna with Vladmir Delman, and was Music Director of WNO from 1992 to 2001 and 2004 to 2008. He was appointed WNO Conductor Laureate in Autumn 2015. Equally at home in the opera house and the concert hall, his repertoire is rich in the works of the Italian tradition from Bellini through to Puccini and the verismo school, but also well stocked with the music of Wagner, Strauss and Janáček.
Rizzi is a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera and appears regularly with many of the most prestigious houses, including the Royal Opera, London, Opernhaus Zürich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera di Roma, Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival and Netherlands Opera. He also has a strong presence on the orchestra podium, and appears in symphonic concerts with distinguished orchestras around the world including the Hallé, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Carlo Rizzi’s extensive discography includes complete recordings of Gounod’s Faust, Janáček’s Katya Kabanova (in English) and Verdi’s Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera, all with Welsh National Opera; a DVD and CD of Verdi’s La traviata recorded live at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic; numerous recital albums with renowned opera singers; and recordings of symphonic works by Bizet, Ravel, Respighi and Schubert.