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Syracuse Opera brings legendary cad to town with Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'

"Capocaccia says he's confident the audience will be impressed by the complete package. 'We have the top talent available to play the lead roles; the opera chorus is a beating heart for us, very dedicated musicians who work way beyond the norm for us,' he says. 'And, the professional orchestra, Symphoria, is committed to the artistic success of this work. In all, we have a beautiful feeing of community here.'" preview by Linda Loomis


Syracuse Opera proves karma is real with stunning interpretation of 'Don Giovanni'

"Syracuse audiences are falling in love with the graceful, precise conducting of Christian Capocaccia…He led the musicians in a brilliant performance of Mozart's score…" review by Linda Loomis


Syracuse Opera opens 44th season with stark and chilling 'Macbeth'

"Symphoria musicians contribute rich intensity to the production, with Christian Capocaccia, leading them in a vigorous interpretation of Verdi's score. Capocaccia has established a sense of intimate communication with the orchestra that translates into a seamless, nuanced, and powerful performance." review by Linda Loomis


Syracuse Opera evokes Parisian grandeur with glorious 'La Traviata'

"Symphoria, under the baton of Music Director Christian Capocaccia, produces thrilling sound" review by Linda Loomis


Syracuse Opera's "Carmen" has power to thrill with familiar story and great music

"Symphoria, in the pit, did it justice, playing brilliantly under the fervent baton of Christian Capocaccia. The orchestra dazzled, from the fiery opening bars of the overture to the haunting final notes of the tragic closing scene." review by Linda Loomis


Review: Pittsburgh Opera delivers strong ‘La Traviata’

“Conductor Christian Capocaccia brought welcome energy and attention to detail conducting “La Traviata” for the first time. He had plenty of ideas of his own but also showed flexibility.”

TribLIVE review by Mark Kanny


La Traviata

"[Capocaccia] made it clear from the opening bars of the overture until the drop of the final curtain that he knows the opera quite well…under his baton the orchestra played beautifully throughout…He received a great deal of applause at the opera’s conclusion, and he deserved every bit of it and more."

Pittsburgh in the Round review by George B. Parous


The Elixir of Love

“Mr. Capocaccia displayed a thorough command of Donizetti’s engaging score, and the instrumentalists responded to his baton throughout the evening with great precision, making the subtle nuances which abound in the music count for as much as the frequent grand climaxes.”

Pittsburgh in the Round review by George B. Parous


Insanely Pursuing Love, Be It Opera or Reality Show

“Christian Capocaccia conducted an energetic performance…”

The New York Times review by James R. Oestreich


A Good Time! No, A Great Time!

"Conductor Christian Capocaccia brought the fine MSM musicians to a peak of performance…"

Voce Di Meche review by Meche Kroop


With Fewer Production Vagaries Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux Blazes Forth

"[Capocaccia’s] conducting of one of Donizetti’s longest overtures, with its many colours and innate vibrancy quickly established that the orchestra were in capable hands."

Seen and Heard International review by Robert J Farr


Review: Roberto Devereux, WNO, at Birmingham Hippodrome

“What follows is one of the most delightfully splashy of all Italian opera overtures – conducted here with exuberant flair by Christian Capocaccia, in his WNO debut.”

Birmingham Post review by Richard Bratby