This undated image released by the Lyric Opera of Chicago shows Enrique Mazzola, who will succeed Andrew Davis as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago after the 2020-21 season. Mazzola was artistic and music director of the Paris-based Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France from 2012-13 through last season. He made his Lyric Opera debut leading Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" in 2016-17 and returns as music director designate for Verdi's "Luisa Miller," which opens Oct. 12. ( Jean-Baptiste Millot/Lyric Opera of Chicago via AP)

Mazzola to succeed Davis as Lyric Opera music director

September 12, 2019 - 1:47 pm

Andrew Davis will retire as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago after the 2020-21 season and be succeeded by Enrique Mazzola.

Mazzola is starting his second season as principal guest conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The 51-year-old was artistic and music director of the Paris-based Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France from 2012-13 through last season.

He made his Lyric Opera debut leading Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" in 2016-17 and returns as music director designate for Verdi's "Luisa Miller," which opens Oct. 12.

Mazzola says he agreed to a five-year contract.

The transition was announced Thursday by Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud.

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