Conductor

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 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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“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, operatoonity.com - 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.”

Cafemomus.com by David Abrams - Jul 2013

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

syracuse.com - 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.”

tominophile.com - Jul 2013

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

Operawarhorses.com - 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.

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.

Current and upcoming engagements for the Rome-born conductor include Don Giovanni at Finnish National Opera,  La Traviata at the Macerata Opera Festival 2014, Norma at Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, Rossini´s L´Equicovo Stravagante in her Spanish debut at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao and the 2014 Juilliard School's main stage opera production at the Lincoln Center in New York. In 2015 she will conduct a Rossini title at the Washington Opera and make her Santa Fe opera debut with a new production of La Fille Du Regiment.

Upcoming symphonic concerts include engagements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Concertgebouw and Orchestra Regionale della Toscana in Florence.

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. ”…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 as repetiteur/Assistant Conductor at the Vienna State Opera for as a specialist of Italian repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bel Canto, from Verdi to ‘Verismo’.

She has been on the Music Staff of several American companies: New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Santa Fe Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. In 2007 she joined the staff of the Metropolitan Opera working with James Levine on his new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. She was subsequently invited every year to the Met as Assistant Conductor on several productions, including Attila under Riccardo Muti.

Ms Scappucci spent 6 summers (2001-2006) at the Glyndebourne Festival where she worked with conductors Vladimir Jurowski, William Christie, Charles Mackerras, Emmanuelle Haim, Philippe Jordan and Louis Langrée.

In 2007 she started working at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival assisting Riccardo Muti in his revival project of rare Neapolitan School operas (world premieres in modern times of operas by Cimarosa, Paisiello, Jommelli, Mercadante performed in Salzburg, Ravenna, Piacenza, Paris, Madrid and Buenos Aires).

She has also been working with Maestro Muti at the Salzburg  Summer Festival and the Rome Opera on productions of Verdi's Otello, Rossini's Moise et Pharaon, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Manon Lescaut, Verdi's Macbeth, NabuccoAttilaSimon Boccanegra and I due Foscari.

Ms Scappucci, a brilliant pianist, has also been an active accompanist. She has played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She has played Lieder Abends at the famous Musikverein in Vienna, as well as recitals with the Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, Rainer Küchl.

November 2014