Carlo Rizzi has held the post of Music Director of Welsh National Opera twice – from 2004 to 2008 and 1992 to 2001. During his directorship the Orchestra won many accolades including an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society.
Rizzi continues his close association with the Orchestra of La Monnaie Brussels as well and continues his complete traversal of all the symphonic works of Tchaikovsky with that ensemble. Since 1996, he has been a regular guest at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2004/5 Rizzi made his Austrian début conducting the new production of La traviata at the Salzburg Festival with Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon and the Vienna Philharmonic.
He has recorded ten operas, such as Rigoletto and Faust. Deutsche Grammophon issued a recording and DVD of his La traviata from the Salzburg Festival in 2005. He has also recorded for Teldec, EMI, Philips, Sony, Decca and several others.