Conductor

Enrique Mazzola

Artistic Director, Orchestre National d’Ile de France

Erster Ständiger Gastdirigent, Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2018/19 season

© Eric Garault

Introduction

Renowned as an expert interpreter and champion of bel canto opera and a specialist in French repertoire, Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola is in demand worldwide as both an operatic and symphonic conductor. He is Artistic & Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Île de France (from the 2012/13 season) and Principal Guest Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin (from the 2018/19 season).

Plans for the 2017/18 season include his debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and return visits to Opernhaus Zurich (Maria Stuarda, Il barbiere di Siviglia), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Le prophète) and Lyric Opera of Chicago (I Puritani). ONDIF highlights this season include a concert version of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, recording work and concerts in Paris at the La Seine Musicale and Philharmonie de Paris.


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Rencontre avec le futur chef de l'Orchestre... by RegionIledefrance

Orchestre National d’IIe de France 20 Feb 2012

Enrique Mazzola talks about his relationship with Orchestre National d’Ile de France prior to becoming their […]

Enrique Mazzola - Video Biography from Askonas Holt on Vimeo.

Video Portrait 2011 4 Aug 2011

In the tranquil setting of Glyndebourne, Enrique Mazzola talks of his love of conducting and […]

Performance Schedule

  • 18:00 18 Aug 2018 Den Norske Opera and Ballet, OSLO More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Don Giovanni: Johannes Weisser
    Leporello: Jakob Bloch Jespersen
    Donna Anna: Birgitte Christensen
    Donna Elvira: Marita Solberg
    Don Ottavio: Anthony Gregory
    Kommandanten: Jens-erik Aasbø
    Zerlina: Lydia Hoen Tjore
    Masetto: Emil H. Næshagen
    Director: Richard Jones
    Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
    Costumes: Nicky Gillibrand
    Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
    Choreography: Sarah Fahie

  • 19:00 21 Aug 2018 Den Norske Opera and Ballet, OSLO More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Don Giovanni: Johannes Weisser
    Leporello: Jakob Bloch Jespersen
    Donna Anna: Birgitte Christensen
    Donna Elvira: Marita Solberg
    Don Ottavio: Anthony Gregory
    Kommandanten: Jens-erik Aasbø
    Zerlina: Lydia Hoen Tjore
    Masetto: Emil H. Næshagen
    Director: Richard Jones
    Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
    Costumes: Nicky Gillibrand
    Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
    Choreography: Sarah Fahie

  • 19:00 23 Aug 2018 Den Norske Opera and Ballet, OSLO More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Don Giovanni: Johannes Weisser
    Leporello: Jakob Bloch Jespersen
    Donna Anna: Birgitte Christensen
    Donna Elvira: Marita Solberg
    Don Ottavio: Anthony Gregory
    Kommandanten: Jens-erik Aasbø
    Zerlina: Lydia Hoen Tjore
    Masetto: Emil H. Næshagen
    Director: Richard Jones
    Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
    Costumes: Nicky Gillibrand
    Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
    Choreography: Sarah Fahie

  • 18:00 25 Aug 2018 Den Norske Opera and Ballet, OSLO More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Don Giovanni: Johannes Weisser
    Leporello: Jakob Bloch Jespersen
    Donna Anna: Birgitte Christensen
    Donna Elvira: Marita Solberg
    Don Ottavio: Anthony Gregory
    Kommandanten: Jens-erik Aasbø
    Zerlina: Lydia Hoen Tjore
    Masetto: Emil H. Næshagen
    Director: Richard Jones
    Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
    Costumes: Nicky Gillibrand
    Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
    Choreography: Sarah Fahie

  • 19:00 27 Aug 2018 Den Norske Opera and Ballet, OSLO More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Don Giovanni: Johannes Weisser
    Leporello: Jakob Bloch Jespersen
    Donna Anna: Birgitte Christensen
    Donna Elvira: Marita Solberg
    Don Ottavio: Anthony Gregory
    Kommandanten: Jens-erik Aasbø
    Zerlina: Lydia Hoen Tjore
    Masetto: Emil H. Næshagen
    Director: Richard Jones
    Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
    Costumes: Nicky Gillibrand
    Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
    Choreography: Sarah Fahie

  • 19:00 29 Aug 2018 Den Norske Opera and Ballet, OSLO More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Don Giovanni: Johannes Weisser
    Leporello: Jakob Bloch Jespersen
    Donna Anna: Birgitte Christensen
    Donna Elvira: Marita Solberg
    Don Ottavio: Anthony Gregory
    Kommandanten: Jens-erik Aasbø
    Zerlina: Lydia Hoen Tjore
    Masetto: Emil H. Næshagen
    Director: Richard Jones
    Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
    Costumes: Nicky Gillibrand
    Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
    Choreography: Sarah Fahie

  • 19:30 26 Sep 2018 Perth Concert Hall Scotland, PERTH More info  

    CARL NIELSEN Helios Overture, Op. 17
    JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
    Interval
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Violin: Vilde Frang

  • 19:30 27 Sep 2018 Usher Hall Edinburgh, EDINBURGH More info  

    CARL NIELSEN Helios Overture, Op. 17
    JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
    Interval
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Violin: Vilde Frang

  • 19:30 28 Sep 2018 City Halls Glasgow, GLASGOW More info  

    CARL NIELSEN Helios Overture, Op. 17
    JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
    Interval
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Violin: Vilde Frang

  • 19:30 03 Oct 2018 Palais Montcalm Quebec, QUEBEC More info  

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37
    ÉRIC TANGUY Matka
    JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
    JEAN SIBELIUS Finlandia

    Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
    Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec
    Cello: Cédric Tiberghien

From The Green Room

Discography

 
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    De Falla

    Label: NoMadMusic

    Release Date: 14 Mar 17

    After a first album dedicated to Italy and its bel canto, Enrique Mazzola and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France have crossed the Mediterranean in search of Spain and one of its most emblematic composers, Manuel de Falla. Imbued with bewitching allure of flamenco and carried by the charismatic voice of Esperanza Fernández in the role of Candela, a Gypsy haunted by the ghost of her lover, El amor brujo shares this album with another masterwork, the ballet suites from Le Tricorne.

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    Don Pasquale

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 23 Apr 14

    Donizetti: Don Pasquale

    Director: Mariame Clément

    Cast: Alessandro Corbelli, Nikolay Borchev, Alek Shrader, Danielle de Niese, James Platt, Anna-Marie Sullivan

    Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra

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    Arabesque: Olga Peretyatko

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 16 Aug 13

    Olga Peretyatko

    NDR Sinfonieorchester

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    Pizzetti: Fedra

    Label: Accord Records

    Release Date: 01 Nov 10

    Opera in 3 acts
    Orchestre National de Montpellier

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    04 Feb 18 I Puritani Lyric Opera of Chicago
    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    “… But you don’t go to “Puritani” for the designs or the lighting — you go for the singing. It’s to the credit of returning conductor Enrique Mazzola, one of today’s foremost masters of bel canto, that the Lyric orchestra provides so stylish a cushion of support for the singers.”

    John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 05 February 2018

     

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    26 Nov 17 Le Prophète Deutsche Oper Berlin
    Deutsche Oper Berlin

    ★★★★

    “Enrique Mazzola conducted a well-prepared Deutsche Oper orchestra excitingly, always alive to the music’s fizz and sparkle. The Deutsche Oper’s chorus sang with gutsy commitment.”

     

    Hugo Shirley, Bachtrack, 28 November 2017

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    08 Jun 17 Schumann Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall

    ★★★★

    “Bel canto Schumann unzipped by Enrique Mazzola and the Philharmonia”

    “Under a very steady hand from Mazzola, the Philharmonia produced a sumptuous performance which did full justice to the work. Every department glowed, but particularly the large string section that shone in the tricky passage work and were gloriously rich when needed.”

     

    Chris Garlick, Bachtrack, 09 June 2017

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    15 Oct 16 Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Lyric Opera of Chicago *Debut*
    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    “The show’s third musical pillar is the gifted young Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola, a first-rate bel canto opera stylist making an impressive company debut. His vigorous orchestral support fits hand in glove with the superior vocalism of Lyric’s star couple.”

    John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 16 October 2016 

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    25 Jul 16 Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia Glyndebourne's Barbiere at the BBC Proms
    Royal Albert Hall

    “The true factotum of the evening was conductor Enrique Mazzola, faced with the unenviable task of keeping together Rossini’s tricky ensembles with his back to the singers. Under Mazzola’s direction, the London Philharmonic Orchestra played with great aplomb – no light soufflé this, but a full-blooded Italian affair complete with whirling woodwinds and a gleefully
    enthusiastic percussion section that matched the riotous fun had by the
    audience.”

    Kevin W Ng, BachTrack, 26 July 2016

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    22 May 16 Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia Glyndebourne Opera (First Night)
    Glyndebourne Opera

    “Above all, conductor Enrique Mazzola gets Rossini’s music to sizzle. No slouching, no lingering here and there — just razor-sharp playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra at helter-skelter speeds.”

    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 23 May 2016 

     

    “The chemistry is everything, and if sparks fly from the lean, characterful playing of the London Philharmonic, astutely paced by conductor Enrique Mazzola to maximize the build-up towards utter pandemonium.”

    Neil Fisher, The Times, 24 May 2016 

     

    “…the expert Enrique Mazzola is conducting and, with the help of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief.”

    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 23 May 2016

     

    “From the overture – volatile and fizzy – this was largely Enrique Mazzola’s night. The LPO responded to every nuance; the piccolo shrieked merrily, strings scampered, woodwinds chortled. It sounded as if the players were having a ball and Mazzola, bobbing up and down, was sharing the fun.”

    Par Mark Pullinger, BachTrack, 23 May 2016 

     

    “Everyone benefits from the energy generated by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Enrique Mazzola: they are the production’s real powerhouse.”

    Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, Monday 23 May 2016| 

     

    “Nor does it hurt to have Enrique Mazzola at the helm of a trippingly light London Philharmonic Orchestra. This masterly conductor is a Glyndebourne favourite with good reason: he ‘gets’ Rossini and has a keen ear for tempo and idiom. To be frank, The Barber of Seville can be a bore in the wrong hands, but here it was joy unalloyed…”

    Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 23 May 2016 

     

    “Cast and conductor have been near-perfectly chosen. Enrique Mazzola is a crisp and elegant master of Italian opera buffa at Glyndebourne, his beat clear and high to make sure no-one on stage slips a beat or gets out of synch in those difficult patter ensembles. The London Philharmonic’s phrases and the many solos in the Overture – no newcomer for Barbiere, since Rossini had used it twice before – breathe vocal delight, and inner details like the lower string patterns in the big crescendo register beautifully in the wonderful acoustics.”

    David Nice, The Arts Desk, Monday, 23 May 2016 

     

    “The London Philharmonic Orchestra is in the pit, offering spruce and vital playing under conductor Enrique Mazzola, who presents every number from the overture to the Act II finale with exemplary character and point.”

    George Hall, The Stage, 23 May  2016 

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    04 Dec 15 Respighi: Pines of Rome London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall

    “Pines of Rome is always a work that is a real thrill to experience live in the concert hall, and Mazzola and his players didn’t let us down, from the doggedly stomping double bassists to the brass extras calling from the Royal Festival Hall’s boxes. Yet there was beauty and delicacy, too, and Robert Hill’s clarinet-playing made an eloquent foil to the recorded nightingale of the Janiculum.”

     
    Matthew Rye, Bachtrack, 05 December 2015 

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    21 May 15 Donizetti: Poliuto Glyndebourne Opera
    Glyndebourne Festival

    “… superb musical performance, conducted with crisp precision by Enrique Mazzola and played with galvanised conviction by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 21 May 2015 

     

    “All get firstrate support from the excellent Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Enrique Mazzola.”
    Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 24 May 2015 

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    01 Mar 14 Bizet, Berlioz Wiener Symphoniker *Debut*
    Musikverein

    “Musikverein und Symphoniker hatten Glück im Pech (…) in letzter Minute gewann der Musikverein den Italiener Enrique Mazzola.”

    “Mazzola erwies sich bei Bizets 1. Symphonie wie bei Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique” als souveräner Techniker, der die Werke mit Elan, klaren Konturen und effektvollen dynamischen Kontrasten gestaltet.”

    Ljubisa Tosic, Der Standard, 4 March 2014

     

    “Der Chef des Orchestre national d’île-de-France (…) zeigte sich auch als umsichtiger, herzlich strahlender Advokat des französischen Repertoires.”

    Karlheinz Roschitz, Kronen Zeitung, 4 March 2014

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    18 Jul 13 Donizetti: Don Pasquale Glyndebourne Opera
    Glyndebourne Festival

    ★★★★

    “And there is scintillating playing from the London Philharmonic, with eloquent cello and trumpet solos gracing orchestral interludes and crisp, faultless accompaniments provided for those on stage. In this repertoire Enrique Mazzola has few peers. He coaxes singers through awkward coloratura with a myriad deft tempo variations, fizzes through ensembles with a plethora of perky offbeat accents, and never once loses rapport with pit or stage. A conducting masterclass.”
    Richard Morrison, The Times, 21 July 2013

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    01 Feb 12 Donizetti: Don Pasquale Orchestre National de France
    Theatre des Champs Elysées

    “Because under the baton of the very wise, very lively and bright,
    energetic, but creamy Enrique Mazzola, the Orchestra National de France paid great attention to all the subtleties in the instrumental writing of Donizetti, which was voiced and expressed freely.”
    AltaMusic, Gerard Mannoni, February 2012

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    01 Oct 11 Cherubini: Medée Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment *Debut*
    Purcell Room

    “Cherubini’s Medée is a piece that some of our more enterprising opera companies should think about rediscovering. Enrique Mazzola, an OAE debutant with flair (and a sense of fun), conducted its fizzing overture with verve, and the French mezzo-soprano Stephanie d’Oustrac followed it with a keenly Classical take on this heroine’s Greek tragedy”

    Neil Fisher, The Times, October 2011

ONDIF

In 2012, Mazzola became Artistic Director of Orchestre National d’Ile de France. His first season at the helm of ONDIF was widely praised by audiences and critics alike. In 2014 the orchestra celebrated its 40th anniversary with very special projects including their Birthday concert on 26 January at Salle Pleyel featuring Markus Werba. Recent highlights include performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, recording work and regional touring.