Speranza Scappucci, Music Director
Speranza Scappucci has been the Music Director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège since the 2017-2018 season and is considered to be one of the most remarkable conductors of her generation on the international scene.
In the wake of schooling that took her from the Juilliard School to the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, she made an acclaimed debut (hailed by both spectators and critics) at the Wiener Staatsoper (with La Cenerentola and La Traviata), whose orchestra she also conducted as part of the opening of the “Wiener Opernball 2017”, conducting Don Pasquale, La Bohème and L’Elisir d’amore. Among her recent noteworthy performances are La Bohème at the Zurich Opernhaus, L’Elisir d’amore, La Bohème and La Cenerentola at the Wiener Staatsoper, Maria Stuarda at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, as well as La Bohème in Dresden, Attila at the Liceu in Barcelona and a concert version of La Fille du regiment at the Zürich Opernhaus, Così fan tutte at the Rome Opera House, Il Turco in Italia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, La Sonnambula at the Lincoln Center (in a joint production with the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School) and at the Rome Opera House, La Bohème at the Los Angeles Opera House, La Cenerentola at the Washington Opera House, the Teatro Regio of Torino and the Wiener Staatsoper, a new production of La Fille du régiment at the Santa Fe Opera House, Don Giovanni at the National Opera of Finland, Norma at the São Carlos National Theatre in Lisbon, Attila at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and at the Liceu in Barcelona, La Traviata at the Macerata Festival, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Regio of Torino, Tosca at the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Toronto Opera House and Cosí fan tutte at theCapitole in Toulouse.
In concerts, she notably conducts the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Luke Orchestra in New York, the Nancy Philharmonic Orchestra, the Basel Symphonic Orchestra, the San Diego Symphonic Orchestra, the Detroit Symphonic Orchestra, as well as a gala concert at the Baden-Baden Festival, the Insula Orchestra at La Seine Musicale in Paris, the Concerto Orchestra of Budapest at the Müpa in Budapest, the National orchestras of Bordeaux and Lyon, the Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, il Pomo d’Oro at the Festival de Saint-Denis, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France… In November 2017, she made her debut in China with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Jonas Kaufmann.
At the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, she has conducted Jérusalem (Verdi), Manon Lescaut (Puccini), Carmen, Verdi’s Requiem, Aida, I Puritani, Madama Butterfly, a concert with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and La Cenerentola.
In 2013, she released her first CD (on Warner Classics) including arias by Mozart sung by the Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka. In 2016, she released a recording (on Opus Arte) with Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, as well as in January 2019, My Double Bass with Ödon Rácz, Noah Bendix-Balgley and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, giving pride of place to pieces of music by Giovanni Bottesini, Astor Piazzolla and Nino Rota (on Deutsche Grammophon). In the near future, she will be conducting Lucia di Lammermoor at the National Theatre in Tokyo and in a new production at the Zurich Opernhaus. She will also make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Rigoletto in 2022.
In April 2021, Speranza Scappucci has received the distinction of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture.