Recognized as an “energetic” performer by The New York Times, Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia has distinguished himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with musicians and singers alike have made him a favourite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists.
Mr. Capocaccia was appointed as the Symphoria Associate Conductor and Symphoria Youth Orchestra Music Director in 2017. He returns to Pittsburgh Opera in April 2018 for a production of Donizetti l’Elisir d’Amore.
In the 16/17 season, Mr. Capocaccia completed his 5th season as Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic. In the Fall he made his company debut with the Pittsburgh Opera, conducting La Traviata. In February he returned to Syracuse Opera to lead performances of Rigoletto.
In the 15/16 season, Mr. Capocaccia took the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic ensemble to New York City for their Carnegie Hall debut. For the Spring semester of 2016, he served as adjunct professor and visiting conductor with Montclair State University’s opera department. In the Fall of 2015 he returned to the Manhattan School of Music to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in a symphonic concert, and in February 2016 made his debut with Syracuse Opera in La Boheme. His performances with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra in March marked his debut with that ensemble.
Mr. Capocaccia previously held positions as assistant conductor of the Dallas Opera, resident conductor of the Fischer Center at Bard College, assistant conductor of the IU New Music Ensemble, and assistant professor of conducting at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He has regularly conducted AsLiCo, and has recently conducted operas with the Manhattan School of Music, and the Welsh National Opera. He is a former Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin.
Born in Rome, he attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory studying under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. Subsequently he studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi, and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron he has participated in Master classes with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier and Leonard Slatkin.
As a guest conductor he has appeared both in the United States and Europe leading ensembles such as the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, Moscow Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, Orchestra Città Aperta, International Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra da Camera delle Marche and Orchestra Sinfonica di Pesaro among others.
Listen in as we sit down with Christian and learn about his journey to becoming a conductor and what he loves about living in Syracuse, NY.