The conductor Gaetano d’Espinosa was born in Palermo and studied violin (with Mihai Spinei and Salvatore Accardo) in his native city, as well as piano, composition (with Turi Belfiore) and philosophy. He commenced his career as a violinist in the Orchestra da Camera Italiana and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. From 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the Dresden Staatskapelle, where from 2003 he held the position of deputy leader. During this period he was assistant to maestro Fabio Luisi, who became his mentor, in various productions.
He made his first guest appearance as conductor at the Dresden Semperoper with Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA in 2010, followed by Leoncavallo’s PAGLIACCI at Teatro Carlo Felipe in Genoa, Verdi’s OTELLO at the Graz Opera and the production of Puccini’s IL TRITTICO, praised by press and public alike, at the Opéra de Lyon. These early successes were followed by Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA in Graz, Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA in Genoa, Verdi’s RIGOLETTO at the Opéra de Limoges and Teatro dell’Opera Roma, a new staging of Bellini’s NORMA at Teatro La Fenice, Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI at Teatro Comunale Sassari and Mozart’s MAGIC FLUTE at the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya along with Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Bunka Kai with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has been associated with the Teatro La Fenice in Venice since 2011, both in opera and in the symphonic field. In the 2019/2020 season, Gaetano d’Espinosa directed Mozart’s MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and Verdi’s NABUCCO at the Semperoper in Dresden.
In the concert field, Gaetano d’Espinosa has repeatedly conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, of which he was the first guest conductor from 2011 to 2017. He regularly appears with celebrated Japanese orchestras, among them the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Hyogo PAC Orchestra and the PMF Festival Orchestra in Sapporo. Other close working associations link him with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de l’Ile de France, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Belgique, the Prague Philharmonic and Kremerata Baltica.
As composer and soloist, he played in his own Violin Concerto in 2005 together with the Dresden Staatskapelle under the baton of Christian Arming. His “Andante for Dimitri” has been performed by various different orchestras since its 2014 premiere.
|Béla Bartók||HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG|
|Gaetano Donizetti||MARIA STUARDA|
|Pietro Mascagni||CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
|LE NOZZE DI FIGARO|
|Giuseppe Verdi||LA TRAVIATA|