Renowned as an expert interpreter and champion of bel canto opera and a specialist in French repertoire and early Verdi, Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola is in demand worldwide as both an operatic and symphonic conductor. He is Music Director at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Principal Guest Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. In May 2022, Enrique was named the first ever Conductor in Residence at the Bregenzer Festspiele, underlining his close relationship with the Festival, having made his Bregenz debut in 2016 for an orchestral concert. From 2012/13 to 2018/19, Mazzola served as Artistic & Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Île de France. Reflecting his significant contribution to musical life in France, he was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres in October 2018.
Plans for the 2022/23 season with Lyric Opera of Chicago include productions of Verdi’s Ernani & Don Carlos, Rossini’s Le comte Ory and a gala performance for the Chicago premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light with Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry. This season will also see return engagements for Enrique with the Orchestre National de France, Detroit Symphony and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. On the operatic stage, in 2022/23 Enrique will return to Opernhaus Zurich (Roberto Devereux), Dutch National Opera (Maria Stuarda), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Massenet’s Hérodiade in concert) and the Bregenzer Festival (Madama Butterfly & Ernani).