Starting 2017/2018 season Alfonso Scarano is the new Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra after having served as Guest Conductor for six seasons between 2011/2012 and 2016/2017.
Scarano has served as Chief Conductor of the Severočeská Filharmonie Teplice (Czech Republic) since 2013 after having served as Principal Guest Conductor for one year between 2012 and 2013.
Alfonso’s previous positions include Principal Guest Conductor of the Virtuosi di Praga (2000 – 2010) and Music Director and Conductor of the Toscana Opera Festival, Italy (2006 – 2008).
He was the winner of the 1993 Bottega International Conducting Competition in Treviso, Italy (Chaired by Peter Maag), winner of the 1997 Franco Capuana European Community Conducting Competition in Rome, Italy (Chaired by Michelangelo Zurletti) and second prize (first and third not assigned) at 2005 Luigi Mancinelli International Conducting Competition in Orvieto, Italy (Chaired by Maurizio Arena). In 2003 he was chosen by Daniele Gatti to participate in the Young European Conductors biennial project of the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole in Italy.
He has conducted several orchestras including Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Kiev National Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel, Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary as well as the Prague Philharmonia in tour with Mischa Maisky and the most important orchestras of Czech Republic.
Alfonso Scarano has conducted the mainstays of operatic repertoire including Nabucco, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Don Pasquale, La Sonnambula, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gianni Schicchi and Gluck’s opera Le Cinesi in theatres such us Politeama Greco in Lecce, Teatro Sperimentale in Spoleto, Teatro Civico in Vercelli, Teatro Comunale in Treviso, Pompei Festival, Anfiteatro Romano di Ostia Antica in Roma, Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine, Stagione Lirica in San Gimignano, Friedrichshafen Theater, Freiburg Theater, Roman Amphitheater in Plovdiv.
A supporter of the contemporary music, he has conducted several works (some in first world performance) by Kaufmann, Harlap, Hyuk-Cha, Prangcharoen, Laks, De Felice, Ugoletti, Perotti, Di Marino, Libetta, D’Avalos and Dionisi.
Besides the classic ballets (Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Raymonda), Alfonso Scarano has concentrated its attention on the historical twentieth century repertoire conducting La Giara by Alfredo Casella, Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev and Apollon Musagete by Stravinsky. The international dance gala conducted at Mittelfest 2009, 2010 and 2011 was enthusiastically reviewed by the press. He has collaborated with the greatest dancers of the world and particularly with etoiles from Wiener Staatsoper, Ljubljana Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, Ballet de l’Opèra de Paris and Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2011 he has conducted the first performance of the ballet “The Death and the Maiden” by Schubert in the version for orchestra by Gustav Mahler, new creation of the Balletto di Roma.
His discography includes recordings for Tactus (first world recording of the Suite for organ and orchestra by Respighi), Lupulus (works of Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti with Virtuosi di Praga), Triart (Menschheit op.28 by Schulhoff and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder) as well as several Thai music CD recorded with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alfonso Scarano is graduated in Conducting (Conservatorio Umberto Giordano in Foggia), Opera Conducting (Accademia Musicale Pescarese) as well as in Choral Conducting (Conservatorio Niccolò Piccinni in Bari) and Trumpet (Conservatorio Tito Schipa in Lecce).
Biography updated to May 15th, 2018 – Not to be altered without permission.