Riccardo Frizza Headlines Teatro Real’s ‘La Cenerentola’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: ©E. Moreno Esquibel)

On Sept. 20, the Teatro Real de Madrid will inaugurate the 2021-22 season with Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”

The opera will be directed by Stefan Herheim and will be conducted by Riccardo Frizza.

In statement, Frizza said, “Spain is the country where I live and which has given great meaning to my life as a musician. And this year, it is from Spain that I have received an award which fills me with pride: the Ópera XXI Award, bestowed by the Spanish association of theatres and opera festivals for the “Lucia di Lammermoor” that I conducted in 2019 at ABAO Bilbao Opera…Until now, the vagaries of artistic scheduling have brought me just once to conduct at the Teatro Real in Madrid. It was in 2007 and I had the unique opportunity to conduct both the Venice and the Ferrara versions of ‘Tancredi.’ It was a thrilling experience, from a theatrical point of view because the stage direction by Kokkos was particularly apt, from a musical point of view because of the great rapport between the creative team and the two casts, and from a philological point of view thanks to the assistance received from the Fondazione Rossini in Pesaro with its precious score.”

He added, “Fourteen years later, I’m back at the Teatro Real, again with Rossini, to inaugurate the 2021-22 season with ‘La Cenerentola.’ Again I have a spectacular Chorus and Orchestra, two well-assorted vocal casts and such a lot of enthusiasm.”

Frizza will be joined by a cast that includes Karine Deshayes as Angelina, Dmitry Korchak as Don Ramiro, Renato Girolami as Don Magnífico, and Roberto Tagliavini as Alidoro. The second cast includes Michele Angelini, Borja Quiza, Nicola Alaimo, and Riccardo Fassi.

“La Cenerentola” opens on Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 9, 2021 with a total of 14 performances. The opening night performance will be broadcast by TVE through La2.