When the pandemic shut-down the performing arts, former Syracuse Opera Artistic Director Christian Capocaccia took on a volunteer role as Artistic Planning Director of the Management Committee of Syracuse Opera. In this role Christian brought his passion for opera and love of his new home city to the planning for our future production season. In his new role as General and Artistic Director he takes that energy to a new level in managing the company and artistic planning that will pave the way for our future production season.
Born in Rome, he attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory studying under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. He studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron, he has participated in Master classes with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier, and Leonard Slatkin.
Christian’s first year as Artistic and Music Director of Syracuse Opera season 2018-19 he conducted the three productions of MACBETH, DON GIOVANNI, and THE THREEPENNY OPERA. In the same season, he also made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In spring 2018 he returned to Pittsburgh Opera to conduct L’ELISIR D’AMORE following a very well-received debut with the company in 2017 conducting LA TRAVIATA.
In the 2019-2020 season, his second as Artistic and Music Director, he led acclaimed performances of COSÍ FAN TUTTE and CANDIDE. In addition, the season was his third as Symphoria’s Associate Conductor & Youth Orchestra Music Director.
Recognized as an “energetic” performer by The New York Times, Christian has distinguished himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with musicians and singers have made him a favorite with orchestras, opera companies, and vocalists and his commitment to bringing professional quality opera to the Central New York area continue to make him a valuable asset to Syracuse Opera in his new role on the Board.