Gianluca Capuano

conductor

Born in Milan in 1968, Gianluca Capuano studied organ, composition, and conducting at the conservatory of his native city and also completed a degree in philosophy at the university there. He soon began specializing in early music as well as historically informed performance practice and has performed as a conductor, organist, and continuo player throughout Europe, the United States, Russia, and Japan. He has collaborated with such artists as Michael Chance, Emma Kirkby, Cecilia Bartoli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis, and Lorenzo and Vittorio Ghielmi. In 2006, Capuano founded the ensemble Il canto di Orfeo, with which he has additionally performed at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where he presented Raskatov’s Dog’s Heart in 2013 and participated in a production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in 2015. He has worked with Concerto Köln on Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse and conducted Bellini’s Norma starring Cecilia Bartoli at the Edinburgh Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; this collaboration continued in 2017 at the Salzburg Festival, where he has since led the Musiciens du Prince-
Monaco in works by Handel, Rossini, and Mozart. Capuano has served as Principal Conductor of this ensemble since 2019. In the 2020-21 season, he made his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper with Donizetti’s L’elisir d'amore; this immediately led to an invitation to return with Rossini’s La cenerentola, which he will conduct in Vienna in June 2022. Capuano also has ties to Zurich Opera, where he has been a guest artist conducting Haydn’s Orlando paladino, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride; Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri will follow in 2022. He will also make his debut at the Bavarian Staatsoper next season with Rossini’s Il turco in Italia. Capuano has released an album of arias with tenor Javier Camarena and a tribute to Pauline Viardot featuring the mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 September 2018 conducting the Musiciens du Prince-Monaco in Rossini’s La cenerentola.

July 2021