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14 December 2020

Pietro Rizzo | the focus will be mostly on the preparation of the Gala, in which the repertoire will be taken from the operas of W.A. Mozart.

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“When I come to Ghent for the masterclasses, I usually work with the students on Italian operatic repertoire. Together, we work on interpretation, style and diction, and I try, through the different arias that the students present, to set the example on what should be done musically and technically when the students will have to prepare new repertoire of Italian opera. Also, I show them the what it means to work with a conductor, what they should expect as well as what is expected from them during the work with a conductor, usually during the preparation of an opera production.”


One of the most talented Italian conductors of his generation, Pietro Rizzo is a frequent guest conductor of some among the world greatest opera houses, including Metropolitan Opera (Cavalleria Rusticana e Pagliacci), Dallas Opera (La BohémeRigoletto), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Cavalleria/PagliacciNabuccoRoberto DevereuxLa favorite), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino(Cavalleria Rusticana), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (La bohèmeLa traviataAndrea Chénier), Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm (La bohèmeTosca), New National Theatre Tokyo(Il trovatoreRigolettoDon Carlo), Bayerische Staatsoper München (Anna BolenaLatraviata), ABAO Bilbao (La forza del destinoNorma), Semperoper Dresden (Lucia di LammermoorLa bohèmeOtello), Staatsoper Hamburg (Lucrezia Borgia).

Born in 1973, he graduated as violinist in 1992 at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and continuing his studies at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (1990-1993, awarded with the Diploma of Merit in 1992 and 1993) and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas( 1993-1997), graduating with a Master’s of Music in Violin Performance in 1996 and Artist Certificate in Violin Performance in 1997. From 1997 to 2001 he studied orchestral direction under the guidance of Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula, graduating with a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki.

He made his professional debut as a conductor in 2000 at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, working until 2003 as Assistant Conductor, and has since then maintained long standing relationship with the house as Guest Conductor. From 2003 to 2007 he was Erste Kapellmeister at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany, where he conducted approximately 70 performances each season of opera, ballet and concerts. From 2006 to 2009 he was Chief Conductor at Gothenburg Opera, and during his tenure in Gothenburg he was guest professor at the music University, conducting symphony concerts with the University orchestra, as well as coaching and teaching the music students of the orchestral program. In 2003 he began a successful collaboration with the Youth Orchestra of the Galician Symphony Orchestra in La Coruna, Spain, which culminated in his Artistic Directorship from 2010 to 2014. Since 2003 he is also a guest professor at the Opera Studio in Ghent, Belgium,where he gives regular masterclasses to the voice students on operatic repertoire, style and performance practice.

In the symphonic field, he is also a frequent guest conductor on the podium of such orchestras as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgium Radio Symphony Orchestra, Essener Philharmoniker, Bergische Symphoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionaledella RAI di Torino, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Oviedo Filarmonia.


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Practical Info

Date: 14 December 2020

Time: 10:00-13:00 & 14:15-17:15

Location: IOA (Bijlokekaai 6, 9000 Ghent – building nr 4) at our Podiumroom

Tickets: free entrance, but we kindly ask you to subscribe via ‘Order your Tickets’.

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