"The real star of this production, however, is not onstage. She’s on the podium and her name is Speranza Scappucci." DAILYNEWS, Jim Farber - May 2016
"Maestro Scappucci snapped the proceedings back into focus every time her authoritative baton came down, eliciting a reading of the score that was characterized by audacious spontaneity, effervescence and a keen sense of style...Clearly, the talented Speranza Scappucci is a podium star on the rise." Opera Today - August 2015
"It may be titled “Cinderella,” but there is no question who the star of the production is... When she lifted the baton and launched into the overture, there was no mistaking this lady was a conducting pro... [Scappucci] made Rossini as exciting as Ben Hur at the chariot races!" DC Theatre Scene - May 2015
Nominated by Musical America “New Artist of the month” in November 2014 and just recently awarded the prestigious “Margherita Hack 2015 award” for Female excellency for her rapid growing international career, Italian born conductor Speranza Scappucci recently made a successful New York debut acclaimed by public and critics with Rossini´s Il Turco in Italia at the Juilliard School/Lincoln Center. She is considered one of the most interesting conductors on the international scene.
Upcoming engagements include LA TRAVIATA and LA CENERENTOLA at the Vienna State Opera, new production of COSÌ FAN TUTTE at the Opera di . . . Roma and Verdi´s JERUSALEM at the Opera Liege, NORMA at Latvian National Opera in Riga, LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Opernhaus Zürich and the debut with IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at the Canadian Opera in Toronto. In addition, she will conduct symphonic concerts with the Orchestra Toscanini in Parma and Orchestra Teatro Lirico Cagliari as well as Gala Concerts at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen.
Recently she conducted IL TURCO IN ITALIA at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, concert performances of LA SONNAMBULA at Lincoln Center in a MET Lindemann/Juilliard School production, LA BOHEME at the Los Angeles Opera, LA CENERENTOLA at the Washington Opera and Teatro Regio Torino, a new production of LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Santa Fé Opera, Pergolesi’s STABAT MATER with the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana in Florence and a concert with the South Denmark Philharmonic. She conducted DON GIOVANNI at Finnish National Opera, NORMA at Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, LA TRAVIATA at the Macerata Opera Festival 2014, Rossini´s L´EQUICOVO STRAVAGANTE in her Spanish debut at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao and a symphonic concert including Rossini´s STABAT MATER with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
In November 2013 her first CD album was released on Warner Classics, Mozart arias with Latvian star soprano Marina Rebeka and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and 2016 the CD album of the albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu for Opus Arte with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Speranza Scappucci, a brilliant pianist, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome. She has worked as repetiteur/Assistant Conductor in several prestigious international houses: the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Chicago Lyric Opera, Teatro dell´Opera di Roma, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg Whitsun Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera.
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