Portrait of a musician: Enrique Mazzola, conductor

Portrait of a musician: Enrique Mazzola, conductor

Editor’s Note: Branko Bozic of Audiofreaks has rarely been so animated and inspired as he is by conductor Enrique Mazzola. Bozic first contacted us about writing a feature on Mazzola about a year ago. On the 24th attempt, we finally caved! This is a very personal portrait of a conductor who clearly seems to captivate!

Born in Spain to a musical family, Enrique Mazzola started violin and piano studies at an early age, later graduating to conducting and composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan.

Mazzola’s recent seasons include many highly successful débuts, notably Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recent opera engagements include Glyndebourne Festival (L’elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, Poliuto), Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (L’italiana in Algeri), New National Theatre Tokyo (Don Giovanni), Opera du Rhin (Macbeth, La cenerentola), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Don Pasquale, Tancredi), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Barbiere di Siviglia, Falstaff, Le Vaisseau fantôme and Dinorah), Bolshoi Thetre (La sonnambula) and Teatro alla Scala (Don Pasquale).

He has conducted major European festivals, including an acclaimed new production of Falstaff at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, München Opernfestspiele, Festival de Radio France, Rossini Opera Festival, Biennale of Venice, George Enescu Festival, the Dvorák Prague Festival and Les Chorégies d’Orange. Between 1999 and 2003 he was the Artistic and Music Director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano, where he conducted many concerts and new operatic productions with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

An accomplished interpreter of contemporary music, Mazzola conducted the world premiere of Colla’s Il processo at La Scala, Il re nudo by Luca Lombardi at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Medusa by Arnaldo De Felice at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Isabella by Azio Corghi at the Rossini Opera Festival, and many other premieres with major European orchestras. As Artistic Director of ONDIF he commissioned many world premieres and founded a competition for young composers.

Plans for the 2015/2016 season include concerts with Wiener Symphoniker (China Tour and Bregenz Festival) and London Philharmonic, many and varied programmes with ONDIF at the Philharmonie of Paris and Festivals (Saint-Denis, La Chaise-Dieu). He also continues Meyerbeer cycle at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with new production of Vasco da Gama, debuts at the Metropolitan Opera (L’elisir d’amore), returns at Zurich Opera House (Don Pasquale) and Glyndebourne Opera Festival with new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Further engagements include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Quebec Symphony Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic. Opera includes his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and numerous projects with the Zurich Opera House, the continuation of a Meyerbeer cycle with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and a Rossini cycle at Théâtre des Champs Elysées.

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