Gianluca Capuano studied the organ, composition and conducting at the Conservatory in his native Milan, before continuing his studies at the city’s Civica Scuola di Musica, where he specialized in early music. He also graduated with honours in theoretical philosophy from the University of Milan. His interest in the aesthetics of music is reflected in his first book, I segni della voce infinita, which was published by Jaca Book in 2002.
He is artistic director of the Musica negli Horti Festival in Tuscany and in 2006 founded the period instrument and vocal ensemble Il canto di Orfeo. Gianluca Capuano has appeared as a soloist and conductor throughout Europe, the USA, Russia and Japan, enjoying notable acclaim for his performances of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. His engagements include Hasse’s Leucippo with Concerto Köln at the Cologne Opera, Orlando at the Semperoper Dresden, Orfeo ed Euridice with the chamber orchestra Arpeggione Hohenems and Orlando paladino at the Zurich Opera. He conducted the Salzburg Festival production of Norma, starring Cecilia Bartoli – which marked his debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2013 –, at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, as well as La donna del lago and Ariodante with Cecilia Bartoli in Salzburg.
Other recent projects include L’incoronazione di Poppea in Nantes, Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica with Concerto Köln, a new production of Così fan tutte for Opera Lombardia, Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli in Monte Carlo, subsequently touring to Dortmund, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Martigny, Versailles and Luxembourg, La clemenza di Tito in Karlsruhe, Idomeneo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La finta giardiniera in Winterthur, Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione in a double-bill with Simon Mayr’s Che originali! at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo and Spontini’s Le metamorfosi di Pasquale at the Teatro Malibran in Venice. He has also conducted concerts with I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence and the Orchestras of the Kiel Theatre and the Opèra national de Montpellier, as well as touring with Cecilia Bartoli and Les Musiciens du Prince.
Gianluca Capuano’s current and future engagements include La finta giardiniera, Iphigénie en Tauride and La Cenerentola, as well as a series of concerts, at the Zurich Opera, Gassmann’s Gli uccellatori and Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto in Cologne, Ariodante in Monte Carlo, Alcina in Salzburg and at Glyndebourne, La Cenerentola in Vienna and series of concerts in Monte Carlo, as well as with the Orchestra Haydn in Bolzano and on tour in Italy.