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Biz news: Anxious IMG grab opera maestro

March 2, 2018 by norman lebrecht

6 comments.


Nicholas Mathias at IMG Artists has signed the Italian Carlo Rizzi away from Van Walsum’s Maestro Arts.

Rizzi, 57, former music director of Welsh National Opera, is not a big name but a steady earner.

Mathias needs to replace revenue lost from the defection of his top earner Jaap Van Zweden to Columbia.


Comments (6)

  1. Operaspook says:

    Rizzi is an excellent conductor, why should Nick Mathias not pick him up for this reason alone? It has absolutely nothing to do with trying to replace income–that’s a ridiculous conjecture. Nick has excellent taste in conductors and Rizzi absolutely deserves the best possible representation–now he has it, let’s see what happens to his career.

  2. Daphne Badger says:

    It’s not always about the money or the glory, Norman. You would do well to remember that…

  3. Fabio Luisi says:

    To name Carlo as “steady earner” is unfairly reductive. He is an excellent and successful conductor, well prepared, serious. And he IS a rather big name as opera conductor, present in all first-rate opera houses.

  4. matdaknife says:

    ‘not a big name’ but good enough to open the Met’s 17/18 season … ill-informed foolish man

    1. Hanna Nahan says:

      Still easier than getting your music played by the New York Philharmonic, however…


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