Riccardo Frizza studied at Conservatory of Music in Milan and at Chigiana Academy in Siena. In 1998 he won International Competition of South Bohemia State-Philharmonic Conductors (Czech Republic). From 1994 to 2000, he was a conductor in residence for Symphonic Orchestra of Brescia, performing Beethoven Symphonies and other symphonic repertory.
Regularly conducting during Italian opera festivals, he has appeared at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, at Due Mondi Festival in Spoleto, at Festival of Martina Franca, at Festival Verdi in Parma, Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Teatro del maggio musicale Fiorentino. Abroad he has led some of the world’s most important orchestras at the most important festivals as Festival de Radio France and Montpellier, at Wexford Festival, at Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Denis Festival, at Palacio de la Opera in La Coruna, Philharmonic of St. Petersburg, at Royal Festival Hall of London, at Opera in Marseille, La Monnaie of Bruxelles, at Opera of Lyon, at Hercules Sall of Munich in Germany, at Sala Nezahualcoyotl of Mexico City, at Sao Carlos of Lisbon,at 43rd International Festival of Osaka. In USA he has performed at Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York.
He conducted “Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale” of S.Cecilia, “Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”, “Gewandhaus Orchester” of Leipzig, “Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden”, Symphonic Orchestra “G. Verdi” in Milan, Symphonic Orchestra Toscanini, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of San Petersrburg, “la Orquesta de Galicia”, “Orchestre National de Montpellier”, London’s Philarmonia Orchestra”, “Orchestre National de Belgique”, Bayerische Staatsorchester” of Munich, Philarmonic of Montecarlo, ”Ensemble Orchestral de Paris”, “la Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria”, Philharmonic Lutowlasky of Wroclav, Soloists of Prague, Radio Orchestra of Rumania, Philharmonic Orchestra “G. Enescu” of Bucharest, New Tokyo City Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.
The record company Supraphon published his Mirandolina. For Decca he recorded the recital of Juan Diego Florez, dedicated to Bellini and Donizetti with Symphonic Orchestra “G.Verdi” in Milan, which won Cannes Classical Award 2004, La fille du regiment, live recorded at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova (DVD), and Matilde di Shabran. Dynamic published his Nabucco in DVD/TDK and his Tancredi.
Frizza conducted Verdis’s Falstaff in Seattle and a new production of Armida at Metropolitan Opera with great reviews from public and critics. He was in Bilbao with Don Carlo, at Semperoper in Dresden with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and he conducted a cycle of concerts at Seattle Symphony, Don Pasquale in Florence, Manon Lescaut in Verona, Anna Bolena in concert with Dresden Staatskapelle, Così fan tutte in Macerata, Lucrezia Borgia in San Francisco.
Most Recently: Trovatore in Venice, Luisa Miller in Bilbao, a cycle of concerts in Weimar, Les contes d’Hoffmann at Theater an der Wien, a new production of Elisir d’amore in Dresden, Capuleti e Montecchi in San Francisco, Cenerentola in Paris, Scala di Seta in Zurich, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Munich, Otello in Frankfurt, Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio at La Scala.
His future engagements include: Attila at An der Wien, Cenerentola and I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Munich, Norma at Metropolitan in New York, Bohème in Dallas, Rigoletto at Arena di Verona and in Seattle, L’Italiana in Algeri at Paris-Bastille.