Gianluca Capuano studied the organ, composition and conducting at the Conservatory in his hometown of Milan and went on to specialize in early music at the city’s Scuola Civica. He also graduated in theoretical philosophy from the University of Milan. He has appeared as a soloist and conductor throughout Europe, the USA, Russia and Japan. In 2006 he founded the period-instrument and vocal ensemble Il canto di Orfeo, with whom he performs a wide range of Baroque repertoire, working together with some of the best players and singers specialized in historically-informed performance practice. With his vocal ensemble he also took part in Vacchi’s Teneke, Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart and Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at La Scala, Milan.
In August 2016 Gianluca Capuano gained instant international recognition when he stepped in at short notice to conduct Norma with Cecilia Bartoli for the opening night of the Edinburgh Festival. In addition to further performances of Norma at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and in Baden- Baden, Cecilia Bartoli invited him to conduct a European tour of La Cenerentola which took them to Monte Carlo, Dortmund, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Versailles and Luxemburg. Capuano also conducted Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica (with Concerto Köln) and Gassmann’s Gli uccellatori at the Cologne Opera, Handel’s Orlando at the Dresden Semperoper, Così fan tutte with OperaLombardia in Como, Brescia and Cremona, Idomeneo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a new production of La clemenza di Tito in Karlsruhe, a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea in Nantes, Donizetti’s Pigmalione in a double bill with Mayr’s Che originali! at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, Spontini’s Le metamorfosi di Pasquale at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and La finta giardiniera at the Zurich Opera.
Gianluca Capuano made his Salzburg debut at the 2017 Whitsun Festival, conducting Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco in Ariodante and a concert performance of La donna del lago. Other recent engagements took him to the Cologne Opera for Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, to the Hamburg State Opera for the Christmas Oratorio, to the Opéra de Monte-Carlo for Ariodante, to the Rome Opera for Orfeo ed Euridice, to the Salzburg Festival for Alcina with Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco and Caldara’s La morte d’Abel with Il canto di Orfeo, to the Dutch National Opera for Il matrimonio segreto and to the Chorégies d’Orange for Guillaume Tell.
During the 2019/20 season he conducted Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno in Cologne, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Mozart’s Requiem in Bari, L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Real in Madrid and La Cenerentola and Iphigénie en Tauride in Zurich. Plans include Le Comte Ory in Rimini, La Cenerentola and L’elisir d’amore at the Vienna State Opera and Così fan tutte in Hamburg.
A CD devoted to the legendary tenor Manuel García and featuring Javier Camarena and Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco under Gianluca Capuano was released in 2019. That same year Capuano was appointed principal conductor of Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco.