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 Bohéme, Rigoletto), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Cavalleria/Pagliacci, Nabucco, Roberto Devereux, La favorite), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino(Cavalleria Rusticana), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (La bohème, La traviata, Andrea Chénier), Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm (La bohème, Tosca), New National Theatre Tokyo(Il trovatore, Rigoletto, Don Carlo), Bayerische Staatsoper München (Anna Bolena, Latraviata), ABAO Bilbao (La forza del destino, Norma), Semperoper Dresden (Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Otello), 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.
Pietro Rizzo speaks Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Finnish, is a passionate bridge player, and lives in Verona, Italy with his wife and three children.