On the occasion of the 19th edition of the “Week of Italian Language in the World”, the Italian Embassy organised, in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute, a conference on the Secrets of La Traviata, with Conductor Ms Speranza Scappucci, to take place in the Embassy’s Auditorium.
Revolutionary, controversial, lashing the bourgeois society: this and much more is ‘La Traviata’, one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most celebrated operas. Maestro Speranza Scappucci, among the first and most acclaimed women conductors in the world, returns to Washington DC to recount the story of Violetta. Performing some of the Traviata’s famous arias at the piano, she will show the connection between the music and the libretto and unveil the secrets of an opera that represents a highlight of Italian culture in the world.
This program is organized under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic as part of the 19th Week of Italian Language in the World, an event promoted yearly by the Italian diplomatic and cultural network to foster the diffusion of the Italian language in the world.
Speranza Scappucci, was born in Italy, and achieved her degrees at Julliard School and at Rome’s Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia di Roma. She is an orchestra conductor of world renown who works on a regular basis in global major theatres as Vienna, Rome, Barcelona, Zurich, Los Angeles and New York. She has been the major visiting conductor at the Royal Opera de Wallonie in Liege, and is considered to be one of the most interesting conductors of her generation on world stages today. In the past Spring, Maestro Scappucci directed Puccini’s ‘La Tosca’ with the Washington National Opera.