Gianluca Capuano - Conductor - W Print

Born in Milan, he graduated in organ, composition and conducting from the Conservatory of his city. He then specialized in early music at the “Scuola Civica” in Milan. Gianluca Capuano also graduated with honors in theoretical philosophy from the University of Milan. 

He has performed as a soloist and conductor throughout Europe, the United States, Russia and Japan, collaborating with artists such as: Michael Chance, Emma Kirkby, Cecilia Bartoli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis, Lorenzo and Vittorio Ghielmi.  Particularly appreciated in the baroque and classical repertoire, he has worked with the choirs of the Opéra de Nancy, Lyon and Montpellier and with many orchestras such as: I Pomeriggi Musicali, LaVerdi Barocca (Milan), Milano Classica, I Virtuosi Italiani, Arpeggione (Austria), Musica Florea (Czech Republic).

In 2006 he founded the period instrument and vocal ensemble “Il canto di Orfeo”, with whom he performs a wide range of baroque repertoire, working together with some of the best players and singers specialized in the historically infromed practice. With his vocal ensemble he also took part in the opera Heart of a Dog by Raskatov and in Die Soldaten by Zimmermann at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

In the past seasons he conducted Artaserse by Vinci with Concerto Köln at the Cologne Opera, being immediately reinvited for Hasse’s Leucippo. He then made his debut at Semperoper in Dresden with Handel’s Orlando; Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in Hohenems; Haydn's Orlando Paladino with the Zurich Opera and La Scintilla in Winterthur; Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine in Cremona with “Il canto d’Orfeo” for the Monteverdi Festival.

In August 2016 Gianluca Capuano gained instant international recognition stepping in at short notice to conduct Norma with Cecilia Bartoli for the opening night of the Edinburgh Festival. The great success of that performance led him to conduct a series of performances of the piece, once again with Bartoli in the title role, also in Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées) and Baden Baden. He was then invited to conduct the European tour of Rossini's Cenerentola which Cecilia Bartoli brought on tour to Monte-Carlo, Dortmund, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Versailles and Luxemburg. Other recent engagements include: Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica with Concerto Köln at the Cologne Opera; a new production of Così fan tutte with OperaLombardia (Como, Brescia and Cremona); Idomeneo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; a new production of La clemenza di Tito in Karlsruhe; a new production of L'incoronazione di Poppea in Nante; the double bill Pigmalione (Donizetti) / Che originali! (Mayr) at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo; Spontini's Le metamorfosi di Pasquale at La Fenice in Venezia (world premiere in modern times); Gassmann's Gli uccellatori at the Cologne Opera and La finta giardiniera in Winterthur.

In summer 2017 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival, conducting new productions of Ariodante and La donna del lago, both with Cecilia Bartoli and Les musiciens du Prince.

His equally intense concert activity led him to conduct symphonic concerts with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, I Pomeriggi Musicali (Milan), Philharmonische Orchester Kiel, Orchestre national de Montpellier, Concerto Köln. With "Il Canto d'Orfeo" he opened the 2017 Milano Arte Musica Festival, conducting music for 2 or more choirs from the Italian 17th century.

His discography includes a CD dedicated to the oratorios by Giacomo Carissimi published by the Italian music magazine Amadeus and a CD with a selection of Galuppi's forgotten arias with Catherine King (Avie), “Editor's choice” on Gramophone in January 2007.

Future plans include: Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto at the Cologne Opera; La finta giardiniera at the Zurich Opera, where he will conduct also Cenerentola and Iphigénie en Tauride; Ariodante at the Monte-carlo Opera; Orfeo ed Euridice at the Rome Opera; Alcina at the Salzburg Festival; La morte di Abel for La Scala in Milan and at the Salzburg Festival; Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo; Alcina at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Semele e Ariodante at La Scala; Cenerentola and L'Elisir d'Amore at the Wiener Staatsoper. 

 

June 2018

 

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