Gianluca Capuano

conductor

Gianluca Capuano, who was born in Milan in 1968, studied organ, composition, and conducting at the conservatory of his native city and also completed a degree in philosophy at the University of Milan. He soon began specializing in early music and historically informed performance practice as a conductor, organist, and continuo player throughout Europe, the United States, Russia, and Japan. He has worked with such artists as Michael Chance, Emma Kirkby, Cecilia Bartoli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis, and Lorenzo and Vittorio Ghielmi. Capuano founded the ensemble Il canto di Orfeo in 2006, with which he has since worked on the Baroque and Classical repertoire. He has also performed with this formation at La Scala in Milan, where he introduced himself with Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart in 2013 and participated in a production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in 2015. Together with the Concerto Köln, he has recorded Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse and has also presented the work at Cologne Opera. He has led Bellini’s Norma, with Cecilia Bartoli in the leading role, at the Edinburgh Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and this collaboration continued in 2017 at the Salzburg Festival, where he conducted Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco in Handel’s Ariodante and Rossini’s La donna del lago. In the 2017-18 season, Gianluca Capuano was a guest artist at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and in Nantes, France, in Monteverdi’s Poppea. Other credits include Spontini’s Le metamorfosi di Pasquale at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Rossini’s La cenerentola at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto at Cologne Opera. Capuano is also artistic director of the “Musica negli horti” Festival, which takes place in Val d’Orcia eve-ry September.

July 2018