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Riccardo Frizza

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Riccardo Frizza press reviews

Critical Acclaim
On Rigoletto

“Riccardo Frizza’s crisp and idiomatic conducting is another plus.”

New Yorker, April 20, 2009

“Riccardo Frizza conducted with strong underlining of musical and dramatic contrasts, and summoned responsive playing from the orchestra.”

Eli Jacobson,Gay City News, Feburary 2, 2009


On Aida

“[Frizza has] a keen ear for rhythm, balance and pacing.”

R.M. Campbell, Seattle Pi, June 2008

“[The overture to Aida] makes for a wonderful orchestral showpiece. Maestro Frizza and the orchestra made the most of their opportunity, and the ensemble has rarely sounded better.”

T.J. Ponick, Washington Times, May 27, 2008

On L’Italiana in Algeri:

“Riccardo Frizza's conducting is sure and idiomatic: He provides solid support for the singers, balances the ensembles impeccably and takes a convincing lead in the purely orchestral passages.”

Tim Page, Washington Post, May 15, 2007

“The orchestra played impressively, guided with elastic tempos and a keen sense of dynamic contrasts by Riccardo Frizza.”

Tim Smith, Opera News, May 2006

“Finally there was maestro Riccardo Frizza and the WNO orchestra. It was apparent from the overture that he had full control of the score and the orchestra. Throughout the evening he kept the tempo sharp and the orchestra members in tight step with the cast on stage, which could not have been easy with the amount of fun they were having.”

Joseph Giannino,, March 24, 2006

“Riccardo Frizza conducted the responsive orchestra with verve, keeping things crisp, brisk, and bright. While there was appropriate give and take between the pit and the stage, he tended to hold their operatic feet to the fire rather than pull back on the Rossini momentum. The musical and artistic results were splendid and ever so much fun.”

John Shulson, The Virginia Gazette, March 17, 2006


On Le fille du regiment:

“Conductor Riccardo Frizza leads the Genoa forces with stylish zest.”

Dan Davis,, October 2006

“Riccardo Frizza's conducting is admirably precise, keeping a nice flow with quick tempi that never undermine the singers' ability to fit the notes in.”

Dominic McHugh,, October 2006


On Mathilde di Shabran (Rossini):

“This recorded performance is truly excellent, conducted with brio and sensitivity by Riccardo Frizza…”

Rodney Milnes, Opera Magazine Online, October 2006

“Riccardo Frizza's electrifying conducting adds immeasurably to the excitement of it all. Jaw-droppingly good, it's one of the finest operatic recordings of recent years.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian, September 8, 2006

“Riccardo Frizza conducts a fizzing account of Rossini's gripping score…”

David Blewitt, The Stage, September 2, 2004


On La gazza ladra (Rossini):

“Riccardo Frizza, conducting, affirms the joy Pesaro affords by playing Rossini's long operas without cuts.”

George Loomis, Financial Times, August 18, 2004


On Cenerentola:
“Riccardo Frizza drew polished and energetic playing from the Washington National Opera Orchestra and Chorus and presided over synchronous harmony between pit and stage.”

Tim Page, Washington Post, April 5, 2004

On Macbeth:

“Best of all was the crisp orchestral playing under conductor Riccardo Frizza.”

Richard Fairman, Financial Times, July 3, 2002