Enrique Mazzola

Spanish-born Italian conductor

Specialised in bel canto and in both classical and romantic repertoires, Enrique Mazzola is the Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre National d'Île de France.

Enrique Mazzola was born in Spain in a family of musicians. At a very young age, he started studying violin and piano before training in orchestral direction with Daniele Gatti and in composition with Azio Corghi at the Giuseppe Verdi Milan Conservatory.

Since the mid-nineties, he has been invited to conduct prestigious orchestras such as the National Orchestra of France, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Hanover Radio Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra. He had the opportunity to perform at the Scala theatre in Milan, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Bavarian State Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Stuttgart State Theatre, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Vlaamse Opera (Flemish Opera), the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He has also performed in the most important festivals in Europe, in particular with a new production of Falstaff, which he conducted in Aix-en-Provence, at the Radio-France Festival in Montpellier, at the Munich Opera Festival, at the Rossini Opera Festival, at the Venice Biennale and even at the Dvořak Prague Festival.

From 1999 to 2003, Enrique Mazzola was music and artistic director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte Festival in Montepulciano, Italy, where he conducted many symphonic concerts and new opera productions with the orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Mazzola has a passion for contemporary music, and he also took part in the creation of several lyrical creations, such as “Il Re Nudo” by Luca Lombardi at the Rome Opera House in 2009.

Six landmark dates in the life of Enrique Mazzola

2001: Creation of “Il Processo” by Alberto Colla at the Scala theatre in Milan

2005: Creation of “Medusa” by Arnaldo De Felice at the Bavarian State Opera

2008: Conducted “Fedra”, a forgotten opera by Ildebrando Pizzetti, at the Montpellier-Languedoc-Roussillon Festival.

2011: Conducted “L’Elisir d’amore” by Donizetti at the Glyndebourne Festival

2012: Appointed Music Director and main conductor of the Orchestre National d'Île de France

Biography from Radio France’s document database, November 2013