Speranza Scappucci

"We can say that it is thanks to Carmen that I fell in love with Opera. It is a great tragedy with fantastic music. I'm also very happy to conduct it in a country where we speak French." - Speranza Scappucci
  • First Name : Speranza
  • Last Name : Scappucci
  • Title : Conductor


The official chief conductor at the Wallonia-Liège Royal Opera since the beginning of this season, Speranza Scappucci is considered to be one of the most interesting orchestra conductors of her generation on the international scene. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, she made a very noteworthy debut, which drew acclaim from both the public and critics, in 2016 with La Traviata and La Cenerentola at the Staatsoper in Vienna, where she is also conducting the Orchestra as part of the opening of “Wiener Opernball 2017” and Don Pasquale in June 2017. Her recent commitments include a new production of Jerusalem (Verdi) on our stage, Cosí fan tutte (Thus Do They All) at the Rome Opera House, Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy) at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) at the Lincoln Center, as part of a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera of New York and the Juilliard School, La Bohème at the Los Angeles Opera, La Cenerentola at the Washington National Opera and the Royal Theatre in Turin, a new production of La Fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) at the Santa Fe Opera, Don Giovanni at the Finnish National Opera, Norma at the San Carlos Theatre in Lisbon, Attila at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg and La Traviata at the Macerata Opera Festival. She has also conducted symphonic concerts with the Tuscany Regional Orchestra as well as many concerts with, in particular, the South Denmark Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a gala concert at the Baden-Baden Festival with Olga Peretyatko and Lawrence Brownlee. Other concerts will follow in Tokyo, Paris, Basel and Wiesbaden as well as with the Parma Toscanini Orchestra and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra. In November 2013, she released her first CD (on Warner Classics). It featured arias by Mozart sung by Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka. In 2016, she released a new recording (on Opus Arte) with Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra. Among her projects for the 2017-2018 season, there will be La Fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) at the Zurich Opera House, La Bohème at the Vienna State Opera and in Zurich, Attila at the Liceu in Barcelona, La Sonnambula at the Rome Opera House, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Royal Theatre in Turin and her debut with Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) in Toronto. Soon, she will also be conducting the St. Luke Orchestra, the New York Juilliard Orchestra, the Nancy Philharmonic Orchestra and the Basel Symphonic Orchestra. She will return to the Liège Opera for Carmen.