Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola becomes music director of Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2021.
Report: Andrew Davis will retain Lyric Opera’s musical leadership through 2020-21; Mazzola to lead Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” this season.
By Lawrence B. Johnson
Andrew Davis will step down as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago at the end of the 2020-21 season, to be succeeded by Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola, the company announced on Sept. 12.
Mazzola, principal guest conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and until recently artistic and music director of the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France in Paris, made his Lyric debut in 2016 with Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” He returned in 2018 to lead Bellini’s “I Puritani.”
“I am thrilled that Enrique Mazzola has accepted Lyric’s invitation to become our next music director,” said Lyric general director Anthony Freud. “He has accrued a wealth of international experience in his career to date, and he is tremendously well liked and respected by the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
“I am confident that our audiences and the people of Chicago will be captivated by his artistry, his charm and personality, as has certainly been the case during his initial engagements here in the past few years. I look forward with great excitement to working very closely with Enrique. Our artistic partnership has already started, and is proving both very fruitful and extremely enjoyable.” Read the full story »