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 singers has made him a favourite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists. The 2013/2014 season continues a run of company debuts for Mr. Capocaccia, beginning with the Welsh National Opera, where he served as cover conductor in the Fall for Roberto Deveraux, conducting 4 performances of the run around the UK. In his second season as Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Mr. Capocaccia continues to expand the scope of the organization and realize his vision of a summer festival featuring symphonic and operatic performances
He makes his company debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony, assisting on several performances in December and February, including a recording of Bruckner 4th Symphony, with Manfred Honeck, and covering Schumann 2nd Symphony with Gianandrea Noseda. In February, he makes his debut with the Manhattan School of Music conducting the rarely performed Haydn opera, Orlando Paladino. He concludes the season with another company debut, at the Cincinnati Opera, covering performances of Madame Butterfly.
At the start of the 2012/2013 season Mr. Capocaccia assumed the post of Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, taking over from the organizations founder and conductor of over 50 years. Highlights of the season included performances of Bellini I Capuleti e I Montecchi with AsLiCo (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana), and concerts with the Dallas Opera of opera arias and performances of Bizet Dr. Miracle, marking his first return to the company since leaving his post as Assistant Conductor in 2011. He also made his company debut with New York City Opera, covering performances of Rossini Mosé in Egitto.
2011 saw the conclusion of three years as assistant conductor with the Dallas Opera, under Graham Jenkins. In the 10/11 season, Mr. Capocaccia made his Winspear Opera House debut conducting the Dallas Opera Orchestra and guest singers in a program of opera highlights, in addition to assisting on productions of Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette and Rigoletto.
In July and August 2009, Mr. Capocaccia was a resident conductor at the Fischer Center at Bard College, assisting in a production of Les Huguenots, and four performances of two programs of music by Richard Wagner, with the American Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2008 he attended The Aspen Music Festival as a conducting fellow, where he was assigned as a cover conductor for the production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and conducted many concerts under the supervision of David Zinman and Murry Sidlin.
His former positions include assistant conductor and Italian diction coach at the Indiana University Opera Theatre, assistant conductor of the IU New Music Ensemble, and assistant conductor and assistant professor of conducting at the State University of New York College at Fredonia.
As a guest conductor he appears both in the United States and in Europe in venues such as the New Auditorium “Parco della Musica” and the Teatro Farnese in Rome and the Lyric Opera House of Baltimore at the head of the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, The 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.
In July 2002, he was invited to conduct at the Euro Mediterranean Festival in Rome and, subsequently, had his debut conducting the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio.
Capocaccia made his debut in 1997 conducting the inaugural concert of the first edition of the “Festival Mundi” at Valle Giulia in Rome.
In 1998, he conducted the “Escher” Ensemble in the second edition of the “Festival Mundi,” as well as the International Chamber Ensemble in Rome’s All Saints Church. Particularly noted were the performances of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor (June 2001) and the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky (June 2002) both given in Florence at the Church of Santo Stefano on the Ponte Vecchio with the “Florence Symphonietta” Orchestra.
Born in Rome, he began studying the violin at the age of 9. He attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory. He earned his Diploma 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.