Speranza Scappucci, Music Director
Speranza Scappucci has been the musical director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège since the 2017-18 season and is considered as one of the most remarkable conductors of her time on the international scene. Following her studies at the Juilliard School and the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, she made an acclaimed debut at the Wiener Staatsoper with La Cenerentola and La Traviata.
Among her recent performances are Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Toronto, La Bohème at the Opernhaus in Zurich, L’Elisir d’amore and La Bohème at the Wiener Staatsoper, Maria Stuarda at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, as well as the La Bohème in Dresden, Così fan tutte at the Rome Opera House and the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, La Sonnambula at the Lincoln Center and Rome Opera House, La Bohème at the Los Angeles Opera House, La Cenerentola at the Washington Opera House and the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Fille du régiment at the Sante Fe Opera House, Don Giovanni at the National Opera House in Finland, Norma at the Teatro Nacional São Carlos in Lisbon, Attila at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg and at the Liceu in Barcelona, La Traviata at the Macerata Festival and the Liceu in Barcelona, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Regio in Turin and Lucia di Lammermoor at the National Theater in Tokyo or in a new production at the Opernhaus in Zürich.
For concerts, she notably conducted the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St-Luke’s in New York, the Nancy Philharmonic Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Concerto Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lyon and Bordeaux, the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma, the Il Pomo D’Oro Orchestra, the Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France… In November 2017, she celebrated her first appearance in China with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Jonas Kaufmann. At the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, she conducted Jérusalem, Manon Lescaut (Puccini), Carmen, the Requiem by Verdi, Aida, I Puritani, Madame Butterfly, a recital with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, La Cenerentola, and La Traviata (concertante version in streaming).
In 2013, she released her first CD (Warner Classics) with arias of Mozart sung by the Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka. In 2016, she released a recording (Opus Arte) with the Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and, in January 2019, My Double Bass with Ödön Rácz, Noah Bendix-Balgley and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, celebrating works by Giovanni Bottesini, Astor Piazzolla and Nino Rota (Deutsche Grammophon). Among some of her future projects there is Romeo and Juliette at the Houston Grand Opera. In 2022, she will also make a debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera house with Rigoletto, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London,, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milano, at the Mozartwoche Festival in Salzburg, at the Opéra National de Paris and at the Staatsoper in Berlin. She will also be conducting several symphonic concerts in Lyon, Toulouse, and with the Royal Philharmonic of Stockholm