Pietro Rizzo was born in Rome, where he began his musical studies with the violin. After graduating from the Conservatorio S.Cecilia, he continued his studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, graduating with a Master’s of Music and Artist Certificate. He began studying conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, with professors Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam, graduating with a Master’s of Music.
After his first years as assistant conductor at the Finnish National Opera (2000-2003), he held the position of Erste Kapellmeister at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany, until 2007. From 2006 to 2009 he was Principal Conductor at the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden. Since that time Pietro Rizzo has performed at some of the most important opera houses worldwide, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Hamburg Opera, Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden, the Volksoper in Vienna, the Opera Houses in Rome, Florence, Bilbao in Spain, New National Theatre in Tokyo and the Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as participating in many important festivals, such as the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, the Quincena Musical in San Sebastian, Spain.
As well as having conducted more than fifty operas of all the repertoire, Pietro Rizzo is also very active in the symphonic field, having conducted many symphony orchestras throughout Europe. He enjoys working with young musicians, and is a guest professor at the Flanders Operastudio in Gent, Belgium, has served as guest professor for Orchestral Studies at the Music University in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has had a long relationship with the Youth Orchestra of the Sinfonica de Galicia, in Spain, where he began as guest conductor, before being its Artistic Director from 2010 to 2014.
In the 2019/2020 season among his engagements are La bohème at the Opera Australia in Melbourne, La traviata at the Rome Opera House, L’elisir d’amore at the Theater St.Gallen, Madama Butterfly at the Hungarian State Opera, La bohème and Nabucco at the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden.