Giancarlo Rizzi was born in Verona in 1982.

An internationally acclaimed conductor, he made his debut at the Opéra National de Paris with Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in the opening of the 2023/24 season.


He has collaborated with institutions such as the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, one of Europe's leading theaters, for Gounod's "Faust," and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims."


Additionally, he has worked with the Finnish National Opera, the National Opera of Amsterdam, the Rossini festival in Wildbad, La Monnaie in Brussels, and numerous symphony orchestras in Italy and abroad, including the Dutch Het Gelders Orkest, the Finnish Sinfonia Lahti, and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.


Giancarlo Rizzi has devoted particular attention to Verdi, publishing "Oberto, Nascita di un'opera" ("Oberto, birth of an opera") for Manzoni Editore. This essay is the first to reconstruct the origins of Verdi's first opera, "Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio," and it significantly revises the musicological narrative previously established about the early years of the maestro.


After studying piano and composition at the Verona Conservatory, he pursued his studies in orchestral conducting in Finland at the prestigious Sibelius Academy. He furthered his training through specialized courses with Lorin Maazel in the United States and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.