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Roberto Ritstsi Brinoli (Conductor)

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli graduated in Piano, with the highest scores, at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milano, where he also completed studies in Composition and Orchestra Conductor.

He remembers with the greatest fondness and gratitude the improvement course - after the Piano studies – held by Maestro Aldo Ciccolini, to whom he owes his immense love for music, transmitted by his masterly and moving performances and the opening of new musical horizons.

After this experience, the great passion for the theatre and for the opera has brought him to dedicate his life to the collaboration with opera singers, working as assistant in numerous theatres of tradition and in this way accumulating an important knowledge of the lyric repertoire.

It was Maestro Gavazzeni, with whom he had a long relationship as pianist, who brought him later on to the Teatro alla Scala, theatre with which he had a long-lasting relationship, up to becoming Head of Musical Services from 1999 to 2002 in the artistic direction of the theatre.

This experience turned out to be fundamental for his artistic growth, especially in meeting with Maestro Muti, of whom he became assistant in many opera and symphonic productions and whose esteem brought him to conduct numerous productions at La Scala, above all Verdi’s music ( M° Muti has written of him:…magnificent musician and indispensable assistant…”).

To these great maestros he owes all of his artistic maturity, to them as splendid artists and masters of life his own schooling goes back to, intended above all as a constant and in-depth research of a particular quality of sound, through a long and meticulous work with the singers and with the orchestra.

Both in the opera as well as the symphonic repertoire, it is this work that is particularly appreciated by uncountable expressions of esteem from orchestras and from opera singers that have worked with him up to now.

The career as conductor started as assistant to the Principal Conductor for some productions at the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto and for Orchestra della RAI di Milano.

But the most important event in those years, the one that has made him known nationally and internationally was the direction of “Lucrezia Borgia” by G. Donizetti for the opera season 1997-98 at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

From here, his career carried on, conducting some symphonic concerts with Orchestra Sinfonica Arena di Verona, Orchestra Sinfonica Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, I Cameristi del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra A.Toscanini di Parma, Orchestra Deutsche Oper of Berlin, Orchestra Stabile di Bergamo,Limburg Symphony Orchestra,Radio Kamer Filharmonie of Amsterdam.

For the Teatro alla Scala he has conducted for the season 1998-99 at the Nuovo Piccolo Teatro di Milano the two ballets “La Sonnambula” by V.Rieti and “Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo” by G.Gavazzeni with George Iancu in the leading role, and for the season 1999-2000 the two ballets “Sérénade” with music by Cajkovskij and “Chéri” with music by Poulenc with Carla Fracci in the leading role.

For the season 1998-99 he has conducted at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by B.Britten.

In the season 1999-2000 he has conducted “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W.A.Mozart at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste.

For the season 1999-2000 he conducted at the Teatro alla Scala “Adriana Lecouvreur” by F.Cilea, a performance still frequently aired on television and available in DVD.

In 2000 made his début at Rossini Opera Festival with the Orchestra Opera of Lione and later at the Sferisterio di Macerata with “Macbeth” by G.Verdi.

In 2001 he conducted “La Bohème”at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, “L’elisir d’amore” and “Otello “ at the Teatro alla Scala and “Norma” for the inauguration of the 2001 season of the Sferisterio di Macerata.

Has again participated in 2001 at the Rossini Opera Festival conducting two farces by Pavesi and Pacini.

In 2001 his début at the Opera of Frankfurt conducting “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Pagliacci”.

In 2002 his début with “Le nozze di Figaro “ at the Opera Bilbao, where he later conducted “Manon Lescaut”, “Les Pecheurs de Perles” by Bizet and “La Traviata” (opera inaugurating the 2005/2006 season).

Another important début in that year took place at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia with “La scala di seta”.

Again in 2002 he starts again with Teatro alla Scala the entire productions of “Otello”, “La Traviata “ and “Rigoletto”.

He débuts at Deutsche Oper of Berlin with “La Traviata”; again in this theatre in December 2003 has conducted “Un ballo in maschera”, in 2005 a symphonic concert with the participation of the soprano Daniela Dessì , in 2006 Verdi’s Requiem , and in 2009 "Lucia di Lammermoor".

In 2003 he conducted ”L’elisir d’amore” for the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia and “I due Foscari” at the Teatro alla Scala.

He débuts in 2003 with great success of critics and spectators at Teatro Real de Madrid with“La Favorita”.

In January 2004 has made his début in the United States in Miami where he conducted “Norma”.

He inaugurated the Great Theatre Sejong Center in Seoul in a tournée with the Festival Puccini of Torre del Lago conducting “Madama Butterfly”.

Has conducted in 2004 “L’elisir d’amore” at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova.

For the Teatro Baluarte de Pamplona he conducted “Roberto Devereux” and “La Favorita”.

Great success have obtained ”La Cenerentola” at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Cile in 2004, and “Lucia di Lammermoor” in 2005; in this theatre has conducted “Otello” in 2006 (opera inaugurating the season) , “Madama Butterfly” in 2007 , and in 2008 "La Favorite" and "Il Barbiere di Siviglia".

He débuts in 2004 with“Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Opera du Capitole Tolosa, where he conducted “Rigoletto” in 2006, and again in France at the Opera Theatre d’Avignon where he has recently conducted “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” , "Elisir d'amore" and "La Cenerentola".

He frequently collaborates with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow , where recently he has conducted “Madama Butterfly”.

Has inaugurated the re-opening of the Teatro Verdi di Busseto with “Il Trovatore”.

Has partecipated in 2005 in the tournée of the Corpo di Ballo of the Teatro alla Scala in Mexico where he has conducted “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky and “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn.

With the Nikikai Opera Foundation inTokyo has collaborated conducting in 2006 “La Bohème” and “Madama Butterfly”,in 2010 "Otello".

For Sony has recently recorded a cd with the tenor Salvatore Licitra and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G.Verdi.

Has collaborated for some years as a teacher for the Orchestra of the Academy of the Teatro alla Scala.

The most important and recent artistic commitments were:

"Beatrice di Tenda" and "La Cenerentola" Semperoper Dresda

"Lucia di Lammermoor" and "Trovatore" Opéra de Lausanne

"Lucia di Lammermoor" Opera di Oviedo

"Maometto Secondo" Concertgebouw Amsterdam

"Rigoletto" Opéra de Lille

"Madama Butterfly" Teatro Comunale di Firenze

"Tosca" Teatro Principal de Minorca

"La Favorite" Festival Internacional de Santander and Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla

"Elisir d'amore" Teatro Bellini Catania

"Nabucco" Deutsche Oper Berlino

"La Cenerentola" Grand Théatre de Reims

"Don Pasquale" Festival Castell de Peralada

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