Last updated: 06 July 2007
Distinguished opera conductor Carlo Rizzi returned once more to the competition in 2007.
Carlo Rizzi is music director of Welsh National Opera, returning to the company in 2004 as it took up residence at Wales Millennium Centre.
He is principal guest conductor of Teatro Comunale di Bologna and a regular conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra de Bastille, Zurich Opera, Netherlands Opera and La Scala.
He has appeared with all the major London orchestras, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Israel Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic and Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, Rome.
His recordings include La traviata, Rigoletto, Faust, Un Ballo in Maschera and La Cenerentola, Respighi Tone Poems and the complete L'Arlesienne music.
Recent engagements include his debut at Salzburg Festival with a new production of La Traviata (released on CD and DVD), a tour in Japan conducting Teatro Comunale di Bologna in Il Trovatore and Andrea Chenier (released on DVD), and his concert debut with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields in Poland and London.
This season began with Don Carlo in Zurich. Future plans include engagements with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Houston Grand Opera and the Metropolitan.