Assistant Conductor of Sir Antonio Pappano
at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome
Since 2006 Maestro Carlo Rizzari is Assistant Conductor of Sir Antonio Pappano at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica) and cooperates with him to program the music season.
In 1998 he was among the finalists of the "Kirill Kondrashin" international conducting competition and in the final performance at the Concertgebow in Amsterdam he conducted the Holland Radiotelevision Philarmonic Orchestra. Besides the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia Symphony Orchestra – with which he has recorded a CD with the symphony music of Ennio Morricone – he conducted many important orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the Graz Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Theatre San Carlo in Naples, "Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto", "Orchestra della Toscana", the Orchestra of the Theatre Bellini in Catania, and many others.
In 2007 he was in charge of the inaugural concert of "Music and Poetry", a project based on an idea by Bruno Cagli, conducting a performance inspired by Mallarmé poems. In June he conducted Rossini's opera "Il Signor Bruschino" at the Petrassi Hall in Rome, Conductor Daniele Abbado.
In october 2007 he conducted a performance based on music by Michel Nyman in the framework of the "Biennale Musica" festival in Venice.
In Summer 2008 he was invited to Knowlton (Canada) for the first edition of the Belcanto Festival to assist Kent Nagano in his Bellini's Norma and to conduct a concert with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
After the great success obtained, he was invited at the 2009 edition of Knowlton Festival and began an important collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducting inside the new Performing Art Center (February 2012) a program dedicated to Respighi (Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma) with an enthusiastic standing ovation of the audience.
He inaugurated the Rome edition of the Belcanto Festival (autumn 2008), conducting the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in a successful "Three Tenors of Belcanto Concert" with John Osborn, Barry Banks and Celso Albelo.
He inaugurated, in Rieti, the Reate Festival editions 2009, with the Tafelmusik Orchestra of Toronto, and 2010 edition conducting Donizetti's "Il Campanello" with the Belcanto Orchestra, an highly specialized orchestra on period instruments (first violinist, Riccardo Minasi).
In December 2009 Carlo Rizzari jumped in at very short notice for Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Beethoven 9^ Symphony +Street Song by MTT with great success.
In October 2010 he conducted Puccini's "La Bohème" at the Theatre "Bellini" in Catania with Marcello Giordani.
In January 2011 he conducted the Accademia of Santa Cecilia Orchestra, replacing perfectly Kazushi Ono, collecting a very high audience and critical success, with a wide programme: Berlioz's Nuits d'été with Sonia Ganassi, George Benjamin's Dances Figures and the huge Saint-Saëns's Third Symphony.
In May 2011, inside the Symphonic Season of the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, he faced an ambitous programme from Debussy's Prelude à l'aprés midi d'un faune, to Haydn's Sinfonia n. 88 and, with the pianist Nicholas Hodges, Hindemith's "The four temperaments for piano and strings" and "The piano concert for the left hand", the last one in first italian execution.
In July 2011, Carlo Rizzari conducted with great success a concert titled "I canti che hanno fatto l'Italia dall'Indipendenza, all'Unità fino alla Grande Guerra" ("Songs which made Italy from the Independence to the National Unit, up to the Great War") on Raffaele Gervasio's transcriptions, with an enormous ensemble (Orchestra, Choir and White Voices Choir of the Accademia Nazionale of Santa Cecilia and the Bersaglieri National Association Fanfare).
During last August, he opened the Reate Festival 2011 with a precious music programme dedicated to the "Risorgimento" period: arias, choir pieces and symphonies from the most renowned Verdi's operas.
In 2012 he was invited by Claudio Abbado as his personal Musical Assistant for concerts in Bologna and Lucerna with the Orchestra Mozart and he conducted the Italian Speaking Switzerland Orchestra (Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana) in a concerts review.
In June and July 2012, Carlo Rizzari has been the main artist of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Summer Season, in different concerts with the pianist Lang Lang ("Lang Lang Fest" with Beethoven Concerts n. 1 and n. 5) and the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, which he conducted in three performances of two dates each, facing the five Beethoven odd symphonies (the First, Third, Fifth, Seventh and Ninth), with a great enthusiasm of audience and critics.
On September 2012 he conducted "Opera 900" (Ravel's "L'heure espagnole" and Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi") with the Ensemble Opera Studio and Masterclasses of the Accademia, and Rossini's "Adina" for the Reate Festival.
After a concert in Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas, he made his debut at Theater Sao Carlos in Lisbon with "Don Pasquale". During the season 2013 he conducted Rigoletto at Theater Carlo Felice in Genoa, Theater Petruzzelli in Bari and in Fortezza Priamar, during the summer season of Opera Giocosa in Savona.