COVENT GARDEN NAMES ITALIAN PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR
In a surprise appointment, the Royal Opera House has let it be known that Speranza Scappucci is to become its principal guest conductor, the first to hold that title this century.
Scappucci, 50, will start in two years’ time, together with the incoming music director Jakub Hrůša.
Although well-known in Italy, she has only previously held a music director’s position at Liège in Belgium and has only conducted once before at the ROH, with Verdi’s Attila in July last year.
Early in her career, she was assistant to Riccardo Muti over eight summers at the Salzburg Festival. In January last year, she became the first woman to conduct a new production at La Scala.