Italian born conductor, Speranza Scappucci is rapidly making her mark as one of the most versatile and dynamic new conductors on the international scene.
One year after her 2012 performance of Così Fan Tutte, Scappucci returned to the Yale Opera to conduct I Capuleti E I Montecchi. Further successes in 2013 included leading Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Glimmerglass Opera Festival, new productions of Don Giovanni at the Scottish Opera and Finnish National Opera, and Norma at Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon. 2013 brought Scappucci yet more critical acclaim with her UK debut; opening the Scottish Opera’s current season with a new production of Don Giovanni, directed by Sir Thomas Allen.
Other recent debuts include La Traviata at the Macerata Opera Festival (July 2014), and a Spanish debut with Rossini´s L´Equicovo Stravagante at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. In December 2014, Scappucci returned to the Juilliard School, conducting Il Turco in Italia at the Lincoln Center, New York, a performance met with critical praise - led by the New York Times.
Future operatic engagements comprise La Cenerentola at the Washington Opera, and debuts at Santa fe opera (with a new production of La Fille Du Regiment ) and Los Angeles Opera (La Boheme)
In symphonc repertoire, Scappucci received resounding critical praise for her 2014/15 debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducting Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Other future highlights include Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Florence.
November 2013 saw the release of her first CD Album, Mozart arias with Latvian star soprano Marina Rebeka and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Released by Warner Classics, the CD was praised as ‘one of the best Mozart albums in recent years’ (Manuel Brug, Tonart Magazine).
A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome, she has worked alongside Riccard Muti for eight years at the Salzburg Festival, Metropolitan Opera, and Rome Opera. Ms Scappucci has also worked as Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera for several productions, as well as with the Vienna State Opera, NYCO, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Santa Fe, and the Glyndebourne Festival.