Rizzi, Carlo , Italian conductor; b. Milan, July 19, 1960. He took courses in piano, conducting, and composition at the Milan Cons., and then studied conducting with Delman in Bologna (1984) and Ferrara at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (1985). In 1982 he made his debut conducting Donizetti’s L’Ajo nell’imbarazzo, o Don Gregorio at Milan’s Angelicum. In 1985 he was 1st prize winner in the new Toscanini conducting competition in Parma, where he then conducted Falstaff; subsequently conducted throughout Italy. In 1988 he made his British debut at the Buxton Festival conducting Torquato Tasso, and in 1989 conducted II Barbiere di Siviglia at the Australian Opera in Sydney and Don Pasquale at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. He conducted La Cenerentola at London’s Covent Garden in 1990. He was chosen to conduct II Trovatore at the opening of the restored Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in 1991. In 1992 he made his first appearance at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin conducting L’Italiana in Algeri. Rizzi served as music director of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff from 1992. In 1993 he made his first appearance in the U.S. as a guest conductor of the Chicago Sym. Orch. at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. On Oct. 29, 1993, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting La Bohème.
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