Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola is Artistic & Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Ile de France (ONDIF) to which he was appointed from the 2012/13 season. Renowned as an expert interpreter and champion of bel canto opera, he is in demand worldwide as both an operatic and symphonic conductor. Plans for the 2016/17 season include his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Lucia di Lammermoor), and return visits to Opernhaus Zurich (I puritani, Il barbiere di Siviglia), Wiener Symphoniker (Musikverein, Vienna), Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Sao Paulo State Symphony, and Bregenzer Festspiele with Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto. Plans with ONDIF include performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, recording work and regional touring.
Highlights of recent seasons include notable debuts including with the Metropolitan Opera (L’elisir d’amore), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber, New Japan Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, alongside return visits to London Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony (on tour to China), Deutsche Oper Berlin’s season opening (Vasco da Gama), Opernhaus Zürich (Don Pasquale), and Glyndebourne Festival Opera with a new Barbiere production. Recent projects with ONDIF include performances of Mahler Symphony No.1, Rite of Spring and collaborations with Markus Werba and Cedric Tiberghien.
Recent opera has also included the Rossini Opera Festival (La gazzetta), Theatre des Champs-Elysées (Tancredi, Don Pasquale, La scala di seta, L'occasione fa il ladro), Norwegian Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Dinorah in concert, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Vaisseau fantome, Falstaff) and the Bolshoi Theatre (La sonnambula). Visits to Glyndebourne Festival Opera and on Tour have included performances of La Cenerentola, and new productions of L’elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, Poliuto and Il barbiere di Siviglia. Opera credits also include Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (L’italiana in Algeri), New National Theatre Tokyo (Don Giovanni), Opera du Rhin (Macbeth, La Cenerentola), Teatro alla Scala (Don Pasquale).
He has conducted major European festivals, including an acclaimed new production of Falstaff at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, a symphonic programme with ONDIF at Festival de Saint Denis, Bregenz Festival (Donizetti’s Requiem), Enescu Festival with ONDIF, BBC Proms in 2016 with the Glyndebourne new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, München Opernfestspiele; Festival de Radio France; Rossini Opera Festival; Biennale of Venice; Wexford Opera Festival and Festival de Granada. Between 1999 and 2003 he was the Artistic and Music Director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano, where he conducted many symphonic concerts and new operatic productions with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.
An accomplished interpreter of contemporary music, he has commissioned and conducted several premieres with ONDIF. He 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. In 2014 he was nominated for a Golden Mask Award for “Best Conductor” of La sonnambula at the Bolshoi Theatre.