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 Designate at the Lyric Opera of Chicago from the 2019/20 season, commencing as Music Director in September 2021, Principal Guest Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin from the 2018/19 season and served as Artistic & Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Île de France from 2012/13 to 2018/19. In October 2018 he was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in recognition of his significant contribution to musical life in France.
Plans for the 2020/21 season include debuts with Detroit Symphony, Berner Symphonieorchester, Youth Orchestra Flanders, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan and Dutch National Opera (Anna Bolena). Return engagements include London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin (Lakme), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Luisa Miller) and Bregenzer Festival (Rigoletto). Appearances with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Symphony sadly fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Recent seasons include notable debuts with Salzburg Festspiele (Orphée aux enfers), Wiener Staatsoper (Don Pasquale), Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, New Japan Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Staatsphilharmonie Nurnberg and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Return engagements have included Metropolitan Opera (La fille du régiment), Opernhaus Zurich (Turco in Italia, Maria Stuarda, II barbiere di Siviglia, I puritani), Bregenzer Festspiele (Rigoletto and previously Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Norske Opera (Don Giovanni), Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Sao Paulo State Symphony, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (II bbarbiere di Siviglia). His final season with Orchestre National d’Île de France included recordings, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Cédric Tiberghien and works by Respighi, of whose work he is an acclaimed interpreter. Highlights of previous seasons with ONDIF included a concert version of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, recordings and concerts in Paris at La Seine Musicale and their sold-out Philharmonie de Paris series.
An accomplished interpreter of contemporary music, he has commissioned and conducted several premieres with ONDIF. He conducted the world premiere of Colla’s II processo at La Scala, II 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.