Maestro Scappucci’s Wiener Staatsoper Debut
November 4, 2016

Maestro Scappucci's
Wiener Staatoper Debut
Maestro Scappucci has received great praise for her Wiener Staatoper debut in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

“At this moment, the Vienna State Opera is in Japan. However, in the pit this is not noticeable. The remaining Vienna Philharmonic musicians played brilliantly with superb orchestral sound in the “Repertoire-Performance” of Gioachino Rossini’s tale opera “Cinderella” under the baton of Speranza Scappucci.

Rossini’s operas sound easy and engaging, however, they provide some of the biggest challenges in the opera repertoire. Rossini achieves atmosphere in putting together delicate phrases and passages that tell stories. Speranza Scappucci takes the term “Music Dramatist” seriously. With economic but clear gestures, she leads the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera through the score.

Already in the overture, it was clear that it was not about effects, but real music making. Precise but nevertheless supple phrases go in and out to achieve the right tension before the curtain comes up. A culmination — and that is with Rossini — ­­mostly the test for each conductor — in the storm scene in the second act. Scappucci shows the drama: she does not let the thunder whisper, but lets it rise threateningly. With her balanced conducting, she allows the excellent soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic, like Daniel Ottensamer on the clarinet, as well as the singers to shine.”

- News, Susanna Zobl, November 4, 2016

As the first Italian woman to conduct at the Vienna State Opera, she will finish the rest of this run on 11/6 and 11/10 and return later this month for Verdi’s La Traviata on 11/19, 11/23, 11/26, 11/29, and 12/1.