Sergio Alapont

Sergio Alapont

Winner of the Opera Awards GBOPERA as Best Conductor in Italy 2016, Sergio Alapont is one of the leading conductors of his generation. He is Resident Conductor of Suzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, Music Director of Orizzonti Festival in Italy, Principal Conductor of Orquesta Manuel de Falla and Artistic Director of Opera Benicàssim.

He has studied orchestral conducting in New York with Marco Armiliato, and in Pescara with Donato Renzetti, finishing his studies with qualification “Cum Laude”. Alapont was studying in depth the operatic repertoire with Marco Armiliato and also with Jorma Panula (Royal College of Music of Stockholm), Helmuth Rilling (Bachakademie of Stuttgart), Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium of Japan) and Semyon Bychkov.

He has also worked extensively as a guest conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d'Ile de France de Paris, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of The Norwegian National Opera, The Orchestra of the Scottish Opera, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra (ORTVE), Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (Palau de Les Arts), Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes in México and with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá among many others.

Recent opera highlights include a new production of Idomeneo at the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg, Le nozze di Figaro in Haifa (Israel), Don Bucefalo at the Wexford Opera Festival, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Il barbiere di Siviglia in Oslo, Attila at Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Norma at Teatro Comunale di Treviso, Otello at Teatro Calderón in Valladolid, Romeo et Juliette and Aida at Teatro Comunale di Sassari, Don Pasquale at Las Palmas Opera, Don Giovanni at Tenerife Opera, Poliuto at Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon,  Tosca in Skopje, La Cenerentola in Treviso and Ferrara, Gianni Schicchi, La voix humaine, Cavalleria Rusticana and La Traviata at the Orizzonti Festival in Italy.  He has been assistant conductor in severals productions at the Metropolitan and at the Wiener Staatsoper. In September 2008 he made his debut at the Großer Saal of the Vienna Musikverein.

He has recordings with labels such as EGT and UNIVERSAL and he also has recorded for Spanish National Radio and Television, RAI, RTÉ Ireland, and Euroradio.

He has conducted at some prestigious Festivals as Shanghai Opera Week, Quincena Musical Donostiarra, Euro Arts – Leipzig, Carintischer Sommer, Mahler Festival – Dobbiaco, Ravello Festival, MITO Festival o Varna Summer International Music Festival. He has collaborated with singers as Celso Albelo, Ainhoa Arteta, Dimitra Theodossiou, Isabel Rey, Fabio Armiliato, Lorenzo Regazzo, Roberto de Candia, Bruno Praticò, Yolanda Auyanet, Ofelia Sala, Juan Jesús Rodríguez, Carlos Chausson, Jorge de León, Tomas Mohr, Plácido Domingo, María José Montiel, Juan Francisco Gatell, Erika Miklosa, Maximilian Schmitt, Judith Van Wanrojj or Juan Pons, and with soloists as Nemanja Radulovic, Pavel Berman, Boris Berman, Pablo Sainz Villegas, Sunao Goko, Anna Tifu, Detlef Roth, Paula Murrihy or Measha Bruggergosman.

Future engagements for Mr. Alapont include Norma at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, a concert at Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Cavalleria Rusticana at the Illica Festival, a concert Gala at the Santanyí Opera Festival, season opening concerts with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel, Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Comunale di Treviso and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Don Giovanni at Teatro del Bicentenario de León in Mexico, Die lustige witwe at  Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, a concert with the Oviedo Filarmonía at Oviedo's Teatro Filarmónica, a concert Gala at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, La forza del destino at Las Palmas Opera and a concert Gala at Teatro Real.

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L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE & GIANNI SCHICCHI. Teatro Sociale di Como. 2020

"The direction of Maestro Sergio Alapont is, for its part, torrential, without however losing the dreamy inspiration necessary for the surrender of some moments: it seemed to us amazing on Ravel, fully respectful of a punctual and a little score mechanics (like Torquemada's clocks), but which certainly does not lack orchestral fullness; on Puccini, on the other hand, the real challenge was keeping an orchestra at bay which in some cases was not kind to the scene: Alapont's skill nevertheless managed to avoid any dyscrasias, and packaged a very usable and musically correct product." William G. Costabile Cisco (GB Opera)

"Exquisitely played by the orchestra under Sergio Alapont."
Anna Picard (The Times)

“Sergio Alapont, kept the music on a tight rein”
Andrew Clark (The Financial Times)

“Sergio Alapont’s pacy conducting allows the score to dance over the footlights”
George Hall (The Guardian)

“In the pit, Sergio Alapont whizzes the orchestra efficiently through the notes”
Rupert Christiansen (The Telegraph)

“The cohesion and precision which Sergio Alapont draws from every member of the orchestra is praiseworthy. Musical phrases are sculpted and details are subtle and nuanced. ”
Emmanuel Dupuy (Diapason)

"The performance is often close to that of the recently deceased Nikolaus Harnoncourt, as Alapont has identified the pure Sturm und Drang here - hidden in this score."
Heinz W. Koch (Badische Zeitung)

"Alapont has given considerable impetus to the execution, emphasizing the character in a sense “Dionysian” of this symphony, thanks to the dense style of the strings and the vividness of colors. Audience excited and perfectly right.”
Domenico Del Nero (Totalità.it)

“The musical director was Sergio Alapont, who directed Il Capello di Paglia di Firenze at Wexford last year. His very lively conducting perfectly captured all the buffoonery of the opera.”
José M. Irurzun (Opera World)

“At the head of a brilliant Wexford Festival Orchestra, the Spanish conductor Sergio Alapont brings out the elegance and the freshness of Cagnoni’s writing.”
Emmanuel Andrieu (Opera Online -France)