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Speranza Scappucci is the first Italian woman on the podium of La Scala
The Roman conductor replaces Evelino Pidò for Bellini's I Capuleti ei Montecchi, debuting on January 18
Hope Scappucci will be the first Italian to get on the podium of the Ladder, taking over from the master Evelino Pidò forced to resign "for reasons related to the health emergency" as specified by the Theater in an official statement.

The 48-year-old from Rome, since 2017 at the helm of the Opéra Royale de Wallonie in Liège, will direct the new La Scala production of The Capulets and the Montagues of Vincenzo Bellini on the bill with 5 performances from January 18th to February 2nd.

Speranza Scappucci will be the third woman to conduct at Piermarini, and the first ever to be entrusted with a title of the great Italian opera repertoire.

Before her, at La Scala they conducted the French Claire Gibault in 1995 (“La station thermale” by Fabio Vacchi) and the Finnish Susanna Malkki in 2011 (the first performance of Luca Francesconi's “Quartett”).

Already at work with the Orchestra, Scappucci on his facebook page wrote “I am very excited and I strongly feel the responsibility for this sudden and unexpected commitment. I thank Superintendent Meyer and the whole theater, especially the orchestra, for how they welcomed me and for the desire to stage the production despite the difficulties. A special thought to Maestro Evelino Pidò, to whom I hope to be able to resume activity as soon as possible ".

La Scala, for its part, thanked Speranza Scappucci “who made herself available to take the place of Maestro Pidò at the last moment”. This anticipates the director's Scala debut, which was already scheduled for next May in the symphonic season with three concerts with the Philharmonic.

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Source: Press release

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