"Gaetano d'Espinosa's conducting was precise, colourful, full of emotions" (Opera Today): In great demand internationally, conductor Gaetano d'Espinosa has quickly won worldwide acclaim in both opera and symphonic programmes. The Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano »Giuseppe Verdi« from 2012 to 2017, he is a regular guest also at Dresden's Semperoper, at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino.
Highlights of the upcoming season include the new Peter Konwitschny production of Bellini's Norma for the opening of the Semperoper season. Since his celebrated debut at the helm of the Dresden Staatskapelle with Verdi's La traviata in 2010, he has frequently returned for opera and symphonic performances, including in recent seasons Nabucco and Le nozze di Figaro.
At Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova d'Espinosa led performances of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Verdi's La traviata. At Oper Graz he conducted Otello, followed by Maria Stuarda by Donizetti. In 2012 he stepped in at Opera de Lyon, winning international acclaim for his conducting of Puccini's Il Trittico. Mr. d'Espinosa enjoys a particularly close collaboration with the Teatro La Fenice since 2011. In Venice he led performances of La traviata and a new production of Bellini's Norma among others. Rome's Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia had him repeatedly conduct symphonic concerts.
Gaetano d'Espinosa enjoys a fruitful collaboration with major orchestras including the Bamberg Symphony, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de l'Ile-de-France, Orchestre National de Belgique, Prague Philharmonic and Kremerata Baltica. A regular guest of major symphony orchestras in Japan, he has also conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokio, Japan Century Orchestra in Osaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Hyogo PAC Orchestra and PMF Festival Orchestra in Sapporo. He has collaborated with eminent soloists such as Matthias Goerne, Arabella Steinbacher, Jan Lisiecki and Dietrich Henschel.
As composer and soloist, Gatano d'Espinosa performed the world premiere of his own violin concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle under the baton of Christian Arming. His orchestral piece Andante für Dimitrij, premiered in 2014, has since been performed by orchestras around the world. As a conductor d'Espinosa is highly committed to promoting other contemporary composers in both concert, CD and radio productions; for Deutschlandfunk radio he conducted the world premiere of Aribert Raimann's Fünf Stücke für kleines Orchester, and has also conducted world premieres of works by Lucia Ronchetti.
Born in Palermo, Gaetano d’Espinosa studied violin with Mihai Spinei and Salvatore Accardo, composition with Turi Belfiore as well as piano and philosophy. In 1992 he won the National Violin Competition Vittorio Veneto, in 1996 he won First Prize at the International Concorso Rovere d'Oro. His violinist career began with the Orchestra da Camera Italiana then with Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Gaetano d'Espinosa became a member of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in 2001 and was elected as concertmaster in 2003, a position he held until he decided in 2008 to focus entirely on conducting. His first conducting engagements came as an assistant for Dresden's then-music director Fabio Luisi, who became his mentor.