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Pietro Rizzo is one of the most talented conductors of his generation and has already accumulated a vast amount of experience, with performances of more than 40 opera titles. In past seasons, he has made successful debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Dallas Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Comunale di Firenze and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
Pietro Rizzo began his musical studies on the violin, obtaining his diploma at the Conservatorio S Cecilia in Rome in 1992. He took part in master-classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and went on to study at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, receiving his Master’s in Music for Violin Performance in 1996. From 1997 to 2000, he studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in Finland under Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula, graduating with a Master’s in Music for Orchestral Conducting.
From 2000 to 2003 he worked at the Finnish National Opera, where he conducted the productions of Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Anna Bolena, Il Trovatore, La Cenerentola, Don Carlo (5-act version), and Il Viaggio a Reims. From 2003 to 2007 he worked as Erste Kapellmeister at the Aalto Theater in Essen, where each season he conducted more than 70 performances of opera, concerts and ballet. From 2006 to 2009 he was Principal Conductor at the Göteborgs Operan in Sweden, where he conducted Falstaff, La Traviata, Faust, Eugene Onegin, La Bohème and several symphonic concerts.
He has conducted the principal orchestras and opera companies in Finland, as well as having guest conducted at the Volksoper Wien, the Rimsky-Korsakov State Opera Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Rossini Opera Festival, the Turku Music Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Stadttheater Bern, the New Israeli Opera, the Teatro Calderon in Valladolid in Spain, and the Teatro Principal in Palma de Mallorca.
Pietro Rizzo is active in symphonic concerts and has conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, The Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Essener Philharmoniker, Bergische Symphoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne, Aalborg Symfoniorkester (Denmark), and the Oviedo Filarmonia in Spain. He has recorded for the Finnish Radio, Swedish Radio and Swedish Television, and has recorded a CD for Telos with the WDR Rundfunkorchester.
He also enjoys working with young musicians. This year he was appointed Music Director of the Orquesta Joven de la Sinfonica de Galicia with which he has been intensely working since 2003. He is guest professor at the International Opera Academy in Ghent, Belgium, where he has been giving regular master-classes on Italian operatic repertoire since 2002, and guest professor at the Gothenburg University, where he teaches repertoire classes and conducts concerts at the Swedish National Orchestra Academy.