Speranza Scappucci, Music Director
Speranza Scappucci is the Music director of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège since the season 2017-2018, and is considered to be one of the most interesting conductors of her generation on the international scene. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School as well as the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia music academy in Rome and made a very noteworthy debut, acclaimed by both the audiences and critics, in 2016 with La Traviata and La Cenerentola at the Vienna State Opera, where she also conducted the orchestra as part of the opening of the “Wiener Opernball 2017”, and for Don Pasquale, La Bohème and L’Elisir d’amore.
Among her recent undertakings of note were Tosca at the Washington National Opera, La Bohème at the Opernhaus de Zürich, 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 of Barcelona, Così fan tutte at the Opera of Roma, La Sonnambula at the Lincoln Center (in a coproduction of the Metropolitan Opera of New-York and the Juilliard School) and at the Opera of Roma, La Bohème at the Los Angeles Opera, La Cenerentola at the Washington Opera and at the Teatro Regio of Torino, a new production of La Fille du régiment at the Santa Fe Opera, Don Giovanni at the National Opera of Finland, Norma at the Teatro Nacional São Carlos of Lisbona, Attila at the Mariinsky Theatre of St-Petersburg and at the Liceu of Barcelona, La Traviata at the Macerata Festival, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Regio of Torino. Among her projects, let’s name Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Toronto, Madama Butterfly and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Wiener Staatsoper and Rigoletto at the Opéra Bastille.
She has also conducted symphonic concerts with the Tuscany Regional Orchestra as well as many concerts with, in particular, the South Denmark Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a gala concert at the Baden-Baden Festival with Olga Peretyatko and Lawrence Brownlee. Other concerts have followed in Tokyo, Paris, Basel, Wiesbaden as well as with the Parma Toscanini Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, and recently with the St. Luke Orchestra in New York and the Nancy Philharmonic Orchestra. 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 conducted Jérusalem (Verdi), Manon Lescaut (Puccini), Carmen, Verdi’s Requiem, Aida and next season, we will meet her again for Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola and La Sonnambula.
In November 2013, she released her first CD (with Warner Classics) featuring arias by Mozart sung by the Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka. In 2016, she released a new recording (Opus Arte) with the Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu and the Orchestra of the Florence May Festival, and in January 2019, My Double Bass with Ödön Rácz, Noah Bendix-Balgley and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra giving pride of place to plays of Giovanni Bottesini, Astor Piazzolla and Nino Rota (Deutsche Grammophon).