Gianluca Capuano studied organ, composition and conducting at the conservatory in his home city of Milan, and went on to specialize in early music at Milan’s Scuola Civica. In addition, he studied theoretical philosophy at the Università Statale in Milan. He remains a dedicated researcher in the field of musical aesthetics. He was the artistic director of the festival Musica negli Horti in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia. Since 2019 he is chief conductor of Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco.
He has performed throughout Europe and in the USA, Russia and Japan as a conductor, organist and continuo player. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Il Canto di Orfeo, dedicated to performing Baroque masterpieces; he conducted this group at the 2017 Milano Arte Musica Festival and in Caldara’s oratorio La morte d’Abel at the 2019 Salzburg Whitsun Festival.
In 2016 he conducted performances of Norma with Cecilia Bartoli at the Edinburgh Festival and in Paris and Baden-Baden. Since then, he has worked intensively with Bartoli and Les Musiciens du Prince. Their performances have included La Cenerentola in Monte Carlo, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Versailles and Luxembourg; Il turco in Italia in Monte Carlo; staged productions of Ariodante, Alcina, Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno and Il barbiere di Siviglia, concert performances of La donna del lago and La clemenza di Tito and several concerts at the Salzburg Festival; guest appearances dedicated to Rossini at the Vienna State Opera (La Cenerentola, Il turco in Italia and a gala concert); and La clemenza di Tito, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and other works at the Lucerne Festival. He has also conducted Cecilia Bartoli in La Cenerentola, Iphigénie en Tauride and L’italiana in Algeri at the Zurich Opera House.
Gianluca Capuano’s past engagements also include Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica, Gassmann’s Gli uccellatori, Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto and Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno for the Cologne Opera, Idomeneo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Pigmalione and Che originali! at the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo, Spontini’s Le metamorfosi di Pasquale at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, La finta giardiniera and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Zurich Opera House, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine in Cremona, L’elisir d’amore and the Christmas Oratorio at the Hamburg State Opera, Orfeo ed Euridice at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Guillaume Tell at the Chorégies d’Orange, Il matrimonio segreto at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Il barbiere di Siviglia in Palermo, Mozart’s Requiem in Bari, Cimarosa’s Il maestro di cappella in a double-bill with Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna in Genoa, Ariodante and Le nozze di Figaro at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and Il turco in Italia at the Bavarian State Opera.
His engagements in the 2022/23 season have included Alcina at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Alceste in Rome, L’elisir d’amore at the Vienna State Opera, Alcina, Il barbiere di Siviglia and L’Orfeo in Monte Carlo, La clemenza di Tito on tour with Cecilia Bartoli and Les Musiciens du Prince, and numerous concerts.