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But like any good bit of theatre, there's a twist. The true star of this Barber is on the podium, in Italian conductor Speranza Scappucci. Brimming with energy, clean lines and an actual sense of humour, Scappucci drew applause and cheers after the overture, before the curtain even rose. And as she hands the spotlight over to the singers, Scappucci spends every moment creating theatre.
The Globe and Mail - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Jan 21, 2020
Romana, 48 anni, dirige nei principali teatri d’Europa ma ora debutta sul podio della Scala per tre concerti a maggio. “È un vero traguardo essere donna? L’essenziale è la serietà e la tua visione della musica” ...
La Repubblica Milano - I Capuleti e i Montecchi - Teatro alla Scala Milano, Dec 03, 2021
...Dès les premiers instants, Speranza Scappucci dirige cette pièce a la fois lyrique e magistrale d’un geste précis. Une precision qui met en relief l’ouverture nerveuse di Puccini, mais qui donne aussie une vraie volupté aux moments plus lyrique, qu’elle accompagne de grands gestes amples. La cheffe attitrée de la maison liégeoise, pleinement investie, sautille et insuffle son énergie positive à l’orchestre. Sa direction, toujours subtile et nuance, trouve une vraie justesse dans le propos. Et c’est sans doute une des choses qui touchent le plus dans cette Madama Butterfly. ...
Le Soir - Madama Butterfly - Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège, Sep 15, 2019


Speranza Scappucci opened 2022 making history as the first Italian woman to conduct at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. With the following house debuts at Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, at State Opera in Berlin and at Opera national de Paris she consolidated her position as one of the most interesting conductors of her generation on the international scene. From the 25/26 season, she will be Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House in London.

With Donizetti´s DON PASQUALE, Speranza opens the 23/24 season at Opéra national de Paris in Palais Garnier. Immediately after she will make her house debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera with another Donizetti opera: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT. Later in the season, Speranza will return to the Berlin State Opera to conduct LA TRAVIATA and she will make her house debut at the Opera de Montecarlo with CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and GIANNI SCHICCHI. She will also return to the MET with a production of Puccini´s LA RONDINE and to the Washington National Opera with Puccini´s TURANDOT.

During the last seasons, Speranza conducted Verdi´s ATTILA at Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, RIGOLETTO at the MET in New York, I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI at La Scala Milan and Opera de Paris, MACBETH at the Canadian Opera in Toronto, DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES,  EUGEN ONEGIN and SIMON BOCCANEGRA at Royal Opéra de Wallonie in Liège, LE VILLI in Toulouse, L’ELISIR D’AMORE at Berlin State Opera, LA TRAVIATA at Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at New National Theatre in Tokyo and Opernhaus in Zürich as well as Verdi’s REQUIEM at Arena di Verona.

From 2017 to 2022, Speranza Scappucci hold the position of Music Director at Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, where she conducted MADAMA BUTTERLY, LA CENERENTOLA, LA SONNAMBULA, AIDA and I PURITANI. With IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, she debuted at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and returned to Opera Zürich conducting LA BOHEME. Concerts brought her to Bordeaux, Liège, Budapest, Lyon and Paris. At Vienna State Opera, she conducted L’ELISIR D’AMORE, LA BOHEME and LA CENERENTOLA and at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées she led Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA. She returned to Washington Opera (TOSCA) and gave her debut at Semperoper Dresden conducting LA BOHEME.

Speranza Scappucci also made a name for herself as a symphonic conductor: among the many distinguished orchestras she has conducted so far are the Los Angeles Philharmonics at Hollywood Bowl, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, the Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, the Orchestra sinfonica nazionale della Rai, the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Vienna Symphonics, the Symphony Orchestra Luzern, the Orchestre national de Lyon, the Orchestre National du Capitole in Toulouse and the Orchestre National d'Ile de France.

Since 2022 Speranza Scappucci is co-presenter of the TV program “La gioia della musica” on the channel RAI TRE in the Italian national television. Inspired by “The Joy of Music” of Mo. Bernstein, Speranza Scappucci explains in many episodes – at the piano or in front ot the Orchestra sinfonica nazionale della Rai in Torino - the major operas and symphonic works of the classic music literature.

In November 2013, her first CD album was released on Warner Classics, Mozart arias with Latvian 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. Her latest recording with Hungarian bassist Ödön Rácz and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra was released in 2019 on Deutsche Grammophon. Speranza Scappucci received the honour of « Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres » from the French Republic as well as the Premio Porto Venere Donna, the Premio Margherita Hack, the Premio Vittorio De Sica and the De Sanctis Europe Price from Italy.

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