Enrique Mazzola Appointed Conductor in Residence at Bregenz Festival

Mazzola will conduct Puccini's Madama Butterfly in the 2022 festival, with productions of Ernani and Der Freischütz to follow in subsequent years

(Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Millot)


The Bregenz Festival, which takes place in Austria every summer, has created a new position of conductor-in-residence specifically for the Spanish-Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola.

The festival says that the position acknowledges Mazzola's past contributions to the festival, and strengthens his connection with Bregenz going forward.

Mazzola has appeared at the annual event on several occasions in recent years, making his debut in 2016 and returning in 2017 and 2019. He was particularly lauded for his 2019 performance, which saw him conduct Verdi's Rigoletto.

In the 2022 edition of the festival, Mazzola is set to conduct Puccini's Madama Butterfly on the Seebühne — a platform stage on Lake Constance. Tickets can be found here. He will also lead the Wiener Symphoniker in an orchestral concert, with works by Tchaikovsky, Kishino, and Shostakovich featuring on the program.

Mazzola, who was born in Barcelona and raised in Italy, has been Music Director at the Lyric Opera of Chicago since the beginning of the 2021/22 season. In addition, he is also currently Principal Guest Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin, a role he has held since 2018.

You can read more about the festival and its program here.