Rising young Italian conductor makes U.S. debut in Seattle

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by ALLEN SCHAUFFLER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 8:03 PM

He’s just 31, young for his craft. In fact,  Giacomo Sagripanti is one of the youngest conductors to ever wield a baton for The Seattle Opera. 

Giacomo has been in Seattle as a guest conductor of Rossini’s “Cinderella.” It is his U.S. debut and the reviews of his conducting, with an emotional, expressive, energetic style, have been good.

“You are always in contact with the most important thing,” he said about his work. “The reality,
the effect,  the love, the passion. That’s all that’s important.”

He and his girlfriend have been here for six weeks, their first trip to the area.

“It is my first city in USA,” he said with a huge grin during a backstage interview. “For me, at the moment, the USA is Seattle!”

His extremely proud parents are here, too. They say Giacomo practiced piano so much as a boy that he wore one instrument out, and for a time, they had two pianos in their house.

The fact that he is so young as conductors go didn’t scare away Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins when he went looking for somebody who knew Rossini and “Cinderella.”

“Age doesn’t really tell you much about a conductor,” said Jenkins. “If they’re good, they’re good and this man is very good!”

The Seattle Opera's "Cinderella" ends Saturday night. Giacomo and his girlfriend hope to come back to Seattle. Jenkins says he would love to see that happen too.
 

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