Speranza Scappucci

Italian born conductor Speranza Scappucci is rapidly making her mark as one of the most versatile and dynamic new conductors on the international scene.

In 2013 she conducted with great acclaim I Capuleti E Montecchi at the Yale Opera after her success the previous year with Così Fan Tutte and led a beautifully staged and choreographed version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the prestigious Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She opened Scottish Opera´s current season in her UK debut with a new production of Don Giovanni directed by Sir Thomas Allen, which earned her praises and acclaim from public and critics.


Speranza Scappucci debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

03 Feb 2015

ICA looks forward to welcoming Speranza Scappucci back to the UK on 7th February, 2015 for her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms Scappucci will conduct the Royal...

Speranza Scappucci praised for New York debut.

24 Nov 2014

Speranza Scappucci completed her New York debut, giving performances that were met with critical acclaim. Conducting Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” on 19th, 21st & 23...

Speranza Scappucci returns to Juilliard for her New York debut

03 Nov 2014

On November 19th 2014 Speranza Scappucci returns to Juilliard, where she previously studied piano, to conduct the Juilliard singers and orchestra in Rossini’s Il Turco in...

Speranza Scappucci makes Spanish debut

14 Oct 2014

From 15th to 19th October 2014 Speranza Scappucci makes her Spanish debut in the pit of the Teatro Arriaga Antzokia, Bilbao, conducting the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (BOS)...

Speranza Scappucci featured in L’Espresso Magazine

27 Jun 2014

Speranza Scappucci is the focus of a fascinating article in Italy’s famous L’Espresso magazine this month, entitled 'C'è speranza sul podio' (There is Hope on the Podium).

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Speranza Scappucci releases Mozart Arias on Warner Classics

22 Nov 2013

Speranza Scappucci conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on the Warner Classics release Mozart Arias...

Speranza Scappucci makes her UK & European debut with Scottish Opera

15 Oct 2013

Speranza Scappucci makes her UK debut conducting Scottish Opera’s new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, directed by Sir Thomas Allen. Jacques Imbrailo takes on the title role in a cast that...

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“Conductor Speranza Scappucci led a colorful, firm yet flexible performance in which every phrase had a beginning, middle and end - and sometimes an extra fillip  ” - Jan 2015

“Ms. Scappucci, the Italian conductor, whose education includes some years at Juilliard, drew energetic, stylish playing from the Juilliard Orchestra and excelled at performing on the harpsichord during the recitatives. Her accompaniments were a delightful mix of brusque chords and sly arpeggios. At 41, she seems on the cusp of a big international career.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times - Nov 2014

“A great performance was led from the pit by the outstanding young italian conductor Speranza Scappucci. Her pacing of the overture and handling of the singers throughout were brilliant, producing the appropriate colours from the orchestra, forceful when required and lyrical at just the right moments, she is a protégé of Riccardo Muti and certainly the company will be doing well to hold onto her for future productions.”

Gregor Tassie – Musical Opinion UK - Jan 2014

“Das Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra unter der stilsicheren jungen Dirigentin Speranza Scappucci entfaltet dazu eine wache Mozart-Vitalität.”

Peter Krause, Concerti - Dec 2013

“Speranza Scappucci conducts the orchestra in a very refined and precise accompaniment: especially impressive is the precision with which she follows and transforms into sound the words and text of the recitativi accompagnati.”

Jordi Kooiman, Opera Magazine - Dec 2013

“Unter der schmiegsamen der von ihr ausgewählten Dirigentin Speranza Scappucci, am Pult des Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra ist das eine der schönsten Mozart-Platten seit langem geworden.”

Manuel Brug, TonArt - Dec 2013

“SperanzaScappucci injected the big climaxes with energy and supported the softer arias very impressively: Vedraicarino benefited from especially lovely playing.”

Simon Thompson – Sean and Heard International - Nov 2013

“The evening’s conductor, Speranza Scappucci, was a completely unknown quantity in Scotland before these performances. She led a thoroughly enjoyable account of the score, drawing an excellent performance from the orchestra in true chamber music style. None of the speeds were rushed, but everything flowed naturally, with lots of bubbly woodwind.”

Operamylove - Nov 2013

“…The company´s excellent orchestra, conducted by Speranza Scappucci, rises to the challenge of Mozart´s formidable score.”

Andy Beaven - Scottish Daily Mail - Oct 2013

“It was a great production, made so by an incredible cast and orchestra (conducted by a brilliant woman, Speranza Scappucci).”

Margaret Curran – Huffington Post - Oct 2013

“Speranza Scappucci’s stately tempi (are) worlds away from the period style in which Scottish Opera’s orchestra was until recently versed. But the mentoring which this up-and-coming Italian conductor received at the hands of Riccardo Muti and James Levine has an upside in her technical control and impeccable schooling of the singers. Every note has space to resonate.”

Andrew Clark – Financial Times - Oct 2013

“In her Scottish Opera debut, conductor Speranza Scappucci allows space for Mozart's vocal lines to blossom while astutely conveying the internal richness of the orchestral drama.”

George Hall – The Guardian - Oct 2013

“The sensitivity which conductor Speranza Scappucci managed to inspire from the orchestra was never more apparent than during her “Vedrai, carino” which was the most delightful way of banishing any memories of previous Musical Director Francis Corti’s domineering heavy-handed conducting which dogged the company right up until his departure earlier this year.”

Opera Britannia - Oct 2013

“The orchestra under Speranza Scappucci gives a rich, vivid, crisply articulated account”

David Kettle - The Scotsman - Oct 2013

“The Pergolesi Stabat Mater…."brilliantly personified by the soprano Nadine Sierra and the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, complemented by Mr. McCullough’s deft stage illumination and Speranza Scappucci’s eloquent conducting.”

Steve Smith, New York Times - Jul 2013

“The music of the Pergolesi sounded lovely with Speranza Scappucci’s lissome conducting.”

Anne Midgette, Washington Post - Aug 2013

“It was evident from the show talk given by Italian conductor Speranza Scappucci that she had internalized the themes integral to the piece. Her deep understanding of the libretto lent sensitivity and artistry to her work as she guided the musicians through each piece in support of the work’s overall success.”

Gale Martin, - Jul 2013

“The quality of musical performance in this Glimmerglass production, buoyed by a pair of first-rate vocal soloists and the meticulous direction of conductor Speranza Scappucci, was outstanding.” by David Abrams - Jul 2013

“...conductor Speranza Scappucci make every inflection, every gesture, every dynamic variation contribute to the overall impact of the production.” - Jul 2013

“The pair gave a beautifully expressive, vocally stunning performance of the work, under the expert musical direction of conductor Speranza Scappucci with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra.” - Jul 2013

“Italian conductor Speranza Scappucci conducted reverentially, her command of Pergolesi’s through-composed rhythmic structure always in evidence.” - Aug 2013

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Italian born conductor, Speranza Scappucci is rapidly making her mark as one of the most versatile and dynamic new conductors on the international scene.

One year after her 2012 performance of Così Fan Tutte, Scappucci returned to the Yale Opera to conduct I Capuleti E I Montecchi. Further successes in 2013 included leading Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Glimmerglass Opera Festival, new productions of Don Giovanni at the Scottish Opera and Finnish National Opera, and Norma at Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon. 2013 brought Scappucci yet more critical acclaim with her UK debut; opening the Scottish Opera’s current season with a new production of Don Giovanni, directed by Sir Thomas Allen.

Other recent debuts include La Traviata at the Macerata Opera Festival (July 2014), and a Spanish debut with Rossini´s L´Equicovo Stravagante at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. In December 2014,  Scappucci returned to the Juilliard School, conducting Il Turco in Italia at the Lincoln Center, New York, a performance met with critical praise - led by the New York Times.

Future operatic engagements comprise La Cenerentola at the Washington Opera, and debuts at Santa fe opera (with a new production of La Fille Du Regiment ) and Los Angeles Opera (La Boheme)

In symphonc repertoire, Scappucci received resounding critical praise for her 2014/15 debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducting Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Other future highlights include Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Florence.

November 2013 saw the release of her first CD Album, Mozart arias with Latvian star soprano Marina Rebeka and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Released by Warner Classics, the CD was praised as ‘one of the best Mozart albums in recent years’ (Manuel Brug, Tonart Magazine).

A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome, she has worked alongside Riccard Muti for eight years at the Salzburg Festival, Metropolitan Opera, and Rome Opera. Ms Scappucci has also worked as Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera for several productions, as well as with the Vienna State Opera, NYCO, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Santa Fe, and the Glyndebourne Festival. 


March 2015