Mazzola to succeed Davis as Lyric Opera music director

Sep 17, 2019 292


There will be two Italian music directors in Chicago. Enrique Mazzola will become the top conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago following the retirement of Andrew Davis at the end of the 2020-21 season. Mazzola joins Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since the 2010-11 season. “It’s a big honor to be the colleague living next door to maestro Muti, one of the greatest Italian conductors,” Mazzola said during a telephone interview.

Starting his second season as principal guest conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin, the 51-year-old Mazzola was artistic and music director of the Paris-based Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France from 2012-13 through last season. He made his Lyric Opera debut leading Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” in 2016-17 and returns as music director designate for Verdi’s “Luisa Miller,” which opens Oct. 12.

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