Washington DC- Washington National Opera is proud to welcome Italian conductor Speranza Scappucci to the company on the occasion of her debut in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, opening on Saturday, May 9 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Scappucci is the first Italian woman to conduct at the Kennedy Center.  In addition to her conducting duties, Ms. Scappucci will also play La Cenerentola‘s recitatives on the cembalo from the conductor’s podium.

She is rapidly making her mark as one of the most versatile and dynamic new conductors on the international scene. Recently nominated by Musical America as “New Artist of the Month” in November 2014, she led Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2013, new productions of Don Giovanni at the Scottish Opera and Finnish National Opera, and Norma at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon. Other recent debuts include La traviata at the Macerata Opera Festival and Rossini´s L’equivoco stravagante at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Spain. In November 2014 she returned to the Juilliard School, conducting Il turco in Italia. Future operatic engagements include debuts at Santa Fe Opera (a new production of La fille du régiment), LA Opera (La bohème), the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Il turco in Italia) and Vienna State Opera (La Cenerentola). A graduate of the Juilliard School and Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, she has worked as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, and at the Salzburg Festival and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma with Riccardo Muti.

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