Enrique Mazzola To Become Lyric Opera Of Chicago’s New Music Director

By Nicole Kuchta
(Credit: Eric Garault Photography)

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced that current Music Director and Principal Conductor Sir Andrew Davis plans to step down at the end of the 2020-21 season. Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola is set to succeed him in the role.

Davis has held his position at the Lyric Opera since 2000, and plans to lead “The Barber of Seville,” “The Queen of Spades,” and all four operas of the Ring Cycle during the company’s 2019-20 season.

Mazzola, according to his website, is “renowned as an expert interpreter and champion of bel canto opera and a specialist in French repertoire and early Verdi.”

His upcoming season includes “Luisa Miller” at the Lyric Opera, “Don Pasquale” at Opernhaus Zurich, “Le Prophete and Dinorah” at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and “L’Elisir d’Amore” at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as concerts with Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Taiwan Philharmonic, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, and Staatsphilharmonie Nurnberg.

In the past, he has conducted at top venues such as the Wiener Staatsoper, Theatre de Champs-Elysees, Bolshoi Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, and Teatro alla Scala, and has led leading ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, and Orchestre National d’Ile de France.