Biz news: Anxious IMG grab opera maestro

Biz news: Anxious IMG grab opera maestro


norman lebrecht

March 02, 2018

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.


  • 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.

  • Daphne Badger says:

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

  • 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.

  • matdaknife says:

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

  • Allan Jones says:

    Damned with faint praise Norman! Carlo Rizzi is a superb conductor and a gentleman. Shame on you sir.