Spanish conductor Sergio Alapont is noted for his passionate, committed and inspirational conducting. Recent opera highlights include Nabucco at Teatro Real Madrid, La Bohème at Irish National Opera, his US debut conducting La Rondine at Minnesota Opera, a new production of Idomeneo at Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg, L’heure espagnol and Gianni Schicchi at Opera Lombardia, Carmen at Opera de Oviedo, The Merry Widow at Fondazione Arena di Verona, Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro Comunale di Treviso and Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi, Poliuto at Glyndebourne Festival with London Philharmonic Orchestra and La Forza del Destino at Opera de Las Palmas.
Season 2022-23 engagements include the opening night of the Festival de Pollença in a programme of Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Balearic Symphony Orchestra; a programme of Brahms and Beethoven for the Opening Season Concert at the Teatro Comunale of Sassari followed by performances of Don Giovanni; at Teatro Calderon of Valladolid he conducts Carmen. He makes his debut in Canada with the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal in a programme of Spanish works by Palomo, Falla, Turina and Ravel. Maestro Alapont’s recent appointment as Music Director at Orquestra Clássica do Centro in Coimbra takes him to Portugal for a variety of symphonic repertoire.
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“The seventh of the fifteen scheduled performances of the Nabucco was reserved, along with two others, to the master of Castellón Sergio Alapont, who had already conducted the Teatro Real Orchestra in a couple of opera galas, but not in an opera title. It was, therefore, his debut at home in this genre, and it did not disappoint. In his hands the orchestra sounded well put together. Alapont found the difficult balance between dramatic tension and lyricism that this Verdi score requires, respecting the times indicated by the composer without prejudice to the singers. The music of the young Verdi was the undisputed star of the evening, giving flight to the soloists.” Majo Pérez, Opera World, July 2022
“l’ottima orchestra affidata per tre recite al Maestro valenciano Sergio Alapont, il quale così debutta in un’opera al Real dopo avervi diretto diversi concerti: polso e gesto energico e sicuro, supporto ideale per il palcoscenico, dove a causa del Covid si sono avuti vari cambiamenti, alcuni anche all’ultimo minuto. Una lettura che stata molto apprezzata dal numeroso pubblico che assiepava il teatro, dove non ci sono stati cedimenti nel ritmo narrativo, caratterizzata dallo spirito quarantottesco e battagliero che anima diverse pagine, ma anche delicata negli a solo, esempio il violoncello di “Vieni o levita”, e di grande tensione lirica nei momenti di abbandono, riferiti all’adagio di Abigaille e poi alla grande aria “Dio di Giuda”, dove si è raggiunta un’emozione palpabile e si è reso al massimo il senso della preghiera.” Andrea Merli, I Teatri dell’Est, July 2022
“It’s Sergio Alapont in the pit who really makes the difference, subtly stretching Puccini’s tempos for maximum dramatic effect, finding orchestral details in a familiar score that you had forgotten, or never properly heard, and above all letting his singers lead.” Michael Beek, BBC Music Magazine, April 25, 2022 for Signum Records La Boheme by Irish National Opera
“Conducted by Sergio Alapont, of whom the least splendid thing we can say is that it is a spectacle to see him with the baton in his hand…Beethoven was responsible for welcoming the crowd that filled the venue and with which the conductor displayed an energy that would surely have excited the genius of Bonn…The second part of the concert was for Antonin Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88… Alapont, for his part, gradually brought out all the nuances of the composition and the orchestra answered exceptionally. ” J.A. Mendiola, ARABALEARS, August 8, 2022