Sergio Alapont directs Nabucco at the Teatro Real

Sergio Alapont

The Spanish orchestra director Sergio Alapont returns this July to the Teatro Real in Madrid –alternating on the podium with maestro Nicola Luisotti– to take charge of Nabucco, in Verdi, in what will be his debut directing opera on that stage. “I am delighted and very excited to conduct for the first time at the Real a masterpiece by one of the composers whose different titles I have conducted the most performances of and to whom I have uttered admiration and devotion for his greatness”, comments the musician born in Benicàssim (Castellón). “I also owe Verdi the award from the Italian magazine GBOpera as the best director of 2016 by Aida”. Alapont returns to the Madrid Coliseum after making his debut on that stage directing a lyrical gala in 2018, “and the following year I returned with the Stabat Mater de Pergolesi, always leading the Madrid Symphony, an orchestra with rich sound versatility and extraordinary quality. I am very happy to return now with this opera so full of meaning for operatic literature. Verdi wrote it thanks to the insistence of the manager of La Scala since the composer had decided to leave everything because he was emotionally devastated by the loss of his two children and his wife., Margherita. In addition, he had just suffered two failures in his previous operas. With Nabucco announces the great works and roles that will complete its catalog in coming years. The work represents the beginning of Verdi's drama and that humanity so characteristic that it gives to the characters that only Verdi knew how to capture in the score and that have remained in the public's imagination. The music of Nabucco and the spectacular narration that the composer achieves is superb and directing it is one of the greatest pleasures for a director”, Add.

Sergio Alapont will be in charge of the functions scheduled on the days 13, 16 Y 20 July in a stage production signed by Andreas Homoki and with Luis Cansino in the cast (Nabucco), Oksana Diving (Abigaille), Eduardo Aladren (Ismaele), Alexander Vinogradov (Zaccaria), Aya Wakizono (Fenena), Felipe Bou (high Priest), Lara Fabian (Abdallo) and Maribel Ortega (Anna).

In recent years, the career of the director from Castellón has been consolidated on the international scene, having been named in 2022 Principal Director of the Classical Orchestra of the Center in Coimbra, Portugal, with which he has an intense activity every season.

His most recent commitments include a symphony concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Irish Radio Television Orchestra, on February 2022), In addition to the presentation of the CD of Bohemian for the British label Signum Classics recorded in 2021 at the Irish National Opera and with which he has received excellent reviews.

After these functions Nabucco and his activity with the Orquestra Clássica do Centro, during the summer Sergio Alapont will conduct a concert with works by Beethoven at the Festival das Artes in Coimbra (24 of July), another of Spanish music with popular singer Estrella Morente and the Espinho Classical Orchestra at the Espinho Auditorium (Portugal, 30 of July) and will open the Pollença Festival (Mallorca) with the Symphony of the Balearic Islands and pianist Kris Bezuidenhout with a program with works by Beethoven, Schumann y Dvorak (6 of August). The season will open later 2022 / 2023 of the Teatro Comunale de Sassari with a symphonic concert and with the opera Don Giovanni of Mozart –in what will be his sixth return to the Italian theater, in which he debuted in 2010 – and will perform for the first time in Canada in concert with the Orchester Symphonique de Longueuil at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal.