Walter Attanasi, conductor
One of the most interesting conductors of his generation, Walter Attanasi (Music Director/Conductor) has been invited to conduct both opera and concert repertoire in the world’s most prestigious theaters, including Teatro dell’ Opera/Rome, Budapest, Bratislava, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brno, Kiev, Pisa, Palermo, Teatro San Carlo/Naples, Teatro Comunale/Florence, Teatro Colon/Buenos Aires, Musikverein and Konzerthaus/Vienna, National Opera-Prague, Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Manaus Festival/Brazil, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Festival. He is currently Music Director of TodiMusicFest-America, Italy’s UmbriaMusicFest and the Orchestra Filarmonica dell'Umbria.
He has received critical acclaim for his vast musical versatility, conducting Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at the Rome Opera, La Traviata in Munich and Il Barbiere di Siviglia in St. Etienne as well as collaborating with jazz greats Diane Reeves at Umbria Jazz (2001) and Quincy Jones at Rome’s Global Forum 2003. His rich discography includes Rossini’s Stabat Mater, recordings of Janacek and Dvorak, and all of the Beethoven Symphonies. He has recently recorded Nabucco in Amsterdam for Companions Opera. On New Year’s Eve 2004, Maestro Attanasi conducted a command performance at the request of Italian President Carlo Ciampi before a television audience of ten million, live from the Quirinale. In Fall 2006, he made a successful debut with the Hamburg State Opera, leading performances of IL TURCO IN ITALIA and COSI FAN TUTTE and will return to that theater in 2008. Future engagements include debuts at the Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm (LA CENERENTOLA) and the prestigious Mozart Festival of Würzburg.