Sergio Alapont

Conductor

Winner of II competition for conductors «City of Granada Orchestra», he is one of the leading conductors of his generation, muisc director of the Orizzonti Festival in Italy, principal conductor of the Orquesta Manuel de Falla and artistic director of the Opera Benicàssim.  

 

He studied orchestral conducting in New York with M° Marco Armiliato and in Pescara with M° Donato Renzetti. He continued studying with Jorma Panula (Royal College of Music of Stockholm), Helmuth Rilling (Bachakademie of Stuttgart), Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium of Japan), Semyon Bychkov and Antonio Pappano.

 

He has worked extensively as a guest conductor at such houses as Orchestra of the Spanish Radio Television (ORTVE), Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orquestra Simfònica de Balears, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Orquestra de Cambra de Granollers, Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orchestra Clássica de Espinho, Orchestra do Algarve, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Silesian Philarmonich, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Kiev Orchestra, Orchestra of the Macedonian National Opera, Poznan Opera Orchestra, Gächinger Kantorei, Bach Collegium-Stuttgart, Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Città di Ferrara, Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Scottish Opera, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra of the Wexford Opera Festival, Orchestra of Den Norske Opera in Oslo or Orchestre National dÎle de France in Paris.

 

Recent opera highlights include Le Nozze di Figaro wih the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Norma at the Teatro Comunale Treviso, Idomeneo at the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg and at the Palau de Les Arts of Valencia, Attila at the Teatro Massimo Bellini Catania, Don Bucefalo at the Wexford Opera Festival, Il cappello di paglia di Firenze at the Maggio Musicale Florence and Wexford Opera Festival, Don Pasquale at Las Palmas Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Pamplona and Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Opera Gala with soprano Ainhoa Arteta, Poliuto at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos of Lisbon, Gianni Schicchi and Pierrot Lunaire at the Orizzonti Festival, Don Giovanni in Opera Tenerife, Cenerentola in Treviso and Ferrara, Una cosa rara at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia and at the Teatro Calderón of Valladolid, Le nozze di Figaro in Catania, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Norma, Roméo et Juliette and Aida in Sassari, Tosca in Skopje, Don Pasquale at the Teatro Comunale di Treviso, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Festival di Pollença and Festival of Santanyí, La Traviata in Poznan (Poland), Rigoletto at the Teatro Principal de Alicante, Madama Butterfly in Granada and L’Elisir d’Amore in Opera Benicàssim. He has assisted Marco Armiliato in severals productions at the Metropolitan as Madame Butterfly, La Bohème and Sly. And he was assistant conductor also at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.  

 

He has conducted in festivals as Shanghai Opera Week, Quincena Musical Donostiarra of San Sebastian, Euro Arts Leipzig, Varna Summer Festival, Orizzonti Festival, Segovia International Festival, Opera Benicàssim, Ravello Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Dobbiaco Mahler Festival, or Carinthischer Sommer Festival. He has collaborated with singers as Celso Albelo, Ainhoa Arteta, Dimitra Theodossiou, Isabel Rey, Fabio Armiliato, Lorenzo Regazzo, Bruno Praticò,  Yolanda Auyanet, Ofelia Sala, Juan Jesús Rodríguez, Carlos Chausson, Jorge de León, Tomas Mohr, Plácido Domingo, Teresa Berganza, María José Montiel, Juan Francisco Gatell, Erika Miklosa or Juan Pons, and with soloists as Nemanja Radulovic, Pavel Berman, Boris Berman, Pablo Sainz Villegas, Sunao Goko, Anna Tifu, Detlef Roth, Paula Murrihy or Measha Bruggergosman. He has recorded for the discographic labels EGT and UNIVERSAL. He also has recorded for Spanish National Radio and Television, RAI and RTÉ Ireland.  

 

In September 2008 he debuted at the Großer Saal of the Vienna Musikverein.  

 

Among his future engagements Norma at the Teatro Comunale Ferrara and at the Orizzonti Festival, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Comunale Treviso, concerts with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, the debut at the Teatro Real Madrid with a Gala Concert and La Forza del Destino in Las Palmas.

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Composer Opera Role
V. Bellini Norma Sassari
G. Bizet Carmen Pamplona
B. Britten Curlew River Madrid
A. Cagnoni Don Bucefalo Wexford
C. Di Rossi Il Sacrificio di Abramo Madrid
G. Donizetti L’Elisir d’Amore Benicassim
  La Fille du Regiment Alicante
  Poliuto Lisbona
  Don Pasquale Treviso
    Ferrara
    Palma de Mallorca
    Las Palmas
C. Gounod Roméo et Juliette Sassari
V. Martin i Soler Una cosa rra Palaud de Les Arts Valencia
    Valladolid
W. A. Mozart Bastien und Bastienne Madrid
  Il Re Pastore Madrid
  Idomeneo Opera du Rhin
  Le Nozze di Figaro Catania
    Haifa Symphony Orchestra
  Don Giovanni Tenerife
  Così Fan Tutte Madrid
G. Puccini La Bohème MET
  Madama Butterfly Alicante
  Tosca Skopje
  Turandot Pamplona
G. Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Oslo
    Treviso
    Ferrara
  La Cenerentola Treviso
    Ferrara
N. Rota Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze Maggio Musicale Florence
    Wexford
G. Verdi Aida Sassari
  Attila Catania
  La Traviata Poznan
  Rigoletto Alicante
  Simon Boccanegra Santander
  Otello Valladolid
R. Wagner Tannhäuser Pamplona
E. Wolf-Ferrari Sly MET
     
Concert    
Composer Opera Role
I. Albeniz Suite Española “Asturias and Sevilla” (arr. Frübeck de Burgos)  
  Canciones Italianas  
I. Albeniz – Orq. Guinovart Asturias  
  Cádiz  
  Castilla  
G. Antheil Ballet Mécanique  
J. S. Bach “Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid” BWV 3  
  “Alles nur nach Gottes Willen” BWV 72  
  “Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir” BWV 73  
  “Was mein Got will, das g’scheh allzeit” BWV 111  
S. Barber Adagio for Strings Op. 11  
B. Bartok Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Concerto for Orchestra  
J. Bautista Sinfonia Breve  
L. v. Beethoven Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra Op. 40, Op. 50  
  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major Op. 61  
  Concerto for piano and Orchestra No. 4  
  Comcerto for piano and Orchestra No. 5 “Emperor”  
  “Egmont” Overture Op. 55  
  “Coriolanus” Overture Op. 62  
  Symphony No.1 in C Major Op. 21  
  Symphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 36  
  Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (Eroica) Op. 55  
  Symphony No. 4 in B Flat Major Op. 60  
  Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67  
  Symphony No. 6 in F Major Op. 68  
  Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92  
  Symphony No. 8 in F Major Op. 93  
  Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125  
V. Bellini Norma - sinfonia  
G. B. Belpaso Fantasia sull'opera I Masnadieri di Giuseppe Verdi per oboe e orchestra  
H. Berlioz Roman Carnival Overtrure Op. 9  
  Symphonie Fantastique  
L. Bernstein Candide - overture  
  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story  
  Divertimento  
G. Bizet Carmen “Prelude” to Act I and “Prelude” to Act III  
W. Bolcom Cabaret Songs  
A. Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia Polovtsian Dances  
J. Brahms Hungarian Dances  
  Serenade No. 2  
  Symphony No. 1 in F Major Op. 68  
  Symphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 73  
J. Brahms Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77  
B. Britten Simple Symphony War Requiem  
L. Brouwer Concierto de Benicàssim para guitarra y orquesta  
A. Bruckner Symphony No. 4 “Romantic”  
R.Chapí La Revoltosa “Prelude” El Tambor de Granaderos “Prelude”  
A. Copland Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra  
  Fanfarre for the Common Man  
  Salon Mexico  
J. Cruz-Guevara Teponatzli  
F. Danzi Concertino for Clarinet and Basson Op. 47 in B Major  
M. de Falla 7 Canciones populares españolas  
  El amor brujo  
  El sombrero de tres picos (complete ballet and suites)  
C. Debussy Iberia  
  La Mer  
A. Dvorak Serenade for strings in E Op. 22  
  Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & Op. 72  
  Polonaise (Rusalka)  
  Symphony No. 7, Op. 70  
  Symphony No. 8, Op. 88  
  Symphony No. 9, Op. 95, "From the New World"  
G. Enesco Rhapsodie Roumaine  
G. Fauré Pelleas et Melisande  
C. Frank Symphony in D Minor Op. 48  
A. Garcia Abril Concierto Mudéjar para guitarra y orquesta  
G. Gershwin Cuban Overture  
  An American in Paris  
J. Giménez La Boda de Luis Alonso “Interlude”  
M. Giuliani Concerto Op. 30 for guitar and orchestra  
M. Glinka Capriccio brillant  
E. Grieg Holberg Suite for Strings Op. 40 Peer Gynt  
  Concert for Piano and Orchestra  
P. Gorini Zenobia  
G. F. Haendel Rinaldo - ouverture Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  
  Music for the Royal Fireworks  
F. J. Haydn Concert No. 2 in D major for cello and orchestra  
  Symphonies No. 83, 88, 97, 101, 102, 103, 104  
  The Last Seven Words of Christ on the Cross  
  Ouverture in Italian style  
P. Hindemith Kammermusik No. 3  
  Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber  
  Marienleben (six lieder)  
G. Holst St. Paul Suite, for strings Op. 29/2  
E. Humperdink Hansel and Gretel - ouverture-  
A. Kachaturian Suite Gayaneh  
N. Rimski-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol  
G. Martucci Notturno Op. 70  
P. Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana “Intermezzo sinfonico”  
W. A. Mozart Serenade No. 12 KV 388  
  Ave Verum Corpus  
W. A. Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  
  Concert in C Major for Flute and Harp KV 299  
  Concert No. 9 for Piano and Orchestra KV 271  
  Concert No. 21 for Piano and Orchestra KV 467  
  Concert No. 25 for Piano and Orchestra KV 503  
  “Idomeneo” - overture  
  “Le Nozze di Figaro” – overture  
  “Don Giovanni” - overture  
  “Cosí fan tutte” - overture  
  “Die Zaberflote” - overture  
  Symphyony No. 29 in A Major KIV 201  
  Symphony No. 36 in C Major “Linz” KV 425  
  Symphony No 38 in D "Prague" KV 504  
  Symphony No. 39 KV 543  
  Symphony No. 40 KV 550  
  Symphony No.41 KV 551 "Jupiter"  
G. Mahler Blumine  
  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Symphony No. 1 “The Titan”  
  Symphony No. 4  
  Symphony No. 5  
  Symphony No. 7  
  Symphony No. 9  
  The Song of the Earth  
A. Marquez Danzón No. 2  
F. Mendelssohn Concerto for violin and strings in D minor  
  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor Op. 64  
  “The Hebrides” Overture Op. 26  
  Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 11  
  Symphony no 3 “Scottish”  
  Symphony no 4 “Italian”  
M. Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition  
  A Night on the Bare Mountain  
C. Nielsen Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 33  
F. Obradors-Orq. Guinovart Canciones Clásicas Españolas  
M. Palau Homenaje a Debussy  
M. Ponce Concierto del Sur  
F. Poulenc Le bal masqué  
  Sinfonietta  
S. Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf Op.67  
  Concert for Violin and Orchestra No. 2  
G. Puccini Intermezzo Manon Lescaut  
S. Rachmaninov Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 1  
S. Rachmaninov Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 2  
  Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 3  
  Symphony No. 2  
M. Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole  
  Ma Mère l'Oye  
  Le Tombeau de Couperin  
  Bolero  
  Daphnis Et Cloé -Suite No. 2-  
S. Revueltas Sensemayá  
J. Rodrigo Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (original guitar version, and flute and orchestra version)  
  Soleriana (excerpts)  
  Tres Viejos Aires de Danza  
  Concierto de Aranjuez  
  Per la flor del lliri blau (tone poem)  
  Tríptic de Mossèn Cinto  
M. Roig-Francol Three Astral Poems – World premiere  
G. Rossini Il Sinor Bruschino - sinfonia  
  Il barbiere di Siviglia - sinfonia  
  La gazza ladra - sinfonia  
  La cenerentola - sinfonia  
  Guillaume Tell - ouverture  
J. Rutter Magnificat  
C. Saint - Saens Bacchanale from Samson et Dailla  
P. Sarasate Romance andalouse  
  Carmen Fantaisie for violin and orchestra  
F. Say Concert for piano and orchestra, Op. 11 “Silence of Anatolia”  
  Symphony No. 3 “Universe”  
A. Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1  
  Brett Lieder  
D. Schostakovich Concert for violin and orchestra No. 2  
  Festive Overture  
  Symphony No. 5  
  Symphony No.7 “Leningrad”  
  Symphony No. 12  
F. Schubert Symphony No. 4 in C minor D 417 “Tragic”  
  Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major D 485  
  Symphony No. 8 in B minor D 759 “Unfinished”  
  Symphony No. 9 in C Major D.944 "Great"  
R. Schumann Concert for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54  
  Symphony No 2 Op. 61  
  Symphony No. 3 In E Flat Major, Op.97 “Rhenish”  
  Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120  
A. Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy  
B. Smetana The Bartered Bride  
  Die Moldau  
G. Sollima The Black Owl  
J. Strauss I Radetzky Marsch Op. 228  
J. Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Op. 214  
  Die Fledermaus Overture Op. 362  
  Emperor Waltz Op. 437  
J. Strauss II An Der Schönen Bl. Donau Op. 314  
  Künstler Quadrille op. 201  
  Eljen a Magyar!  
R. Strauss Tod und Verklärung  
  Till Eulenspiegel  
  Don Juan  
  Eine Alpensinfonie  
I. Stravinsky Octet  
  Dumbarton Oaks  
  The soldier’s Tale  
  Pulcinella- original versión and suite  
  The Firebird – Suite 1919 -  
  Le Chant du Rossignol  
F. v. Suppé Light Cavalry Overture  
P.I. Tachaikovsky Marche Slave Op. 31  
  Serenade in C Major Op. 48 for String Orchestra  
  Nutcracker Suite  
  Polonaise (Onegin)  
  Romeo and Juliet –Fantasy Overture—  
  Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra  
  Suite No. 3  
  1812 Ouverture  
  Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op.36  
  Symphony No. 5 in E Minor Op.64  
  Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op.74 "Pathétique"  
J. Turina Danzas Fantasicas  
  Sinfonia Sevillana  
E. Varese Octandre  
G. Verdi Giovanna d’Arco – ouverture  
  La Traviata – prelude to Act I  
  La forza del Destino – ouverture  
  Nabucco – ouverture  
H. Villa-Lobos Concert for guitar and orchestra  
A. Vivladi Concerto in D Major for flute and orchestra “Il Cardelino”  
  Concerto in C Major for two flutes  
  Concerto “per l’orchestra di Dresda” in G minor RV577  
  Four season  
R. Wagner Rienzi – ouverture  
  The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overture  
  Tannhäuser – Overture  
  Entry of the guests (Tannhauser)  
  Prelude Act I Lohengrin  
C. M. v. Weber Der Freischutz - ouverture  
A. v. Weber Langsamer Satz  

Concerto Sinfonico Teatro Massimo Bellini Catania 2016

 

Sergio Slapont ha dato buona prova di sé con una interpretazione briosa, mai sopra le righe, che ha conferito al tutto una feconda unitarietà d´atmosfera, ottenendo dallOrchestra del Bellini toni ben calibrati che si sono dispiegati in una gamma molto ampia di sonorità.

Gesto chiaro, indicazioni precise nella gestualità e soprattutto un’idea definita delle sonorità e dell’interpretazione voluta; non si può dire che ad Alapont manchino energia e personalità da vendere e che non le abbia estrinsecate in questa occasione.

Fluidità di grande efficacia, dunque, che è sfociata in un clima vivace creato da una bacchetta incisiva e ricca di inventiva.

 

Silvana La Porta, aetnascuola.it

 

Concerto Orizzonti Festival Chiusi 2016

 

Le sinfonie e i preludi verdiani (Giovanna D’Arco, Macbeth, Attila) condotti con piglio e carattere d’ispirazione vagamente “mutiana” si alternano a un Bellini dal taglio fortemente drammatico e marziale (Norma), a un Rossini spumeggiante (La Cenerentola), passando per un’intensa e toccante interpretazione dell’Intermezzo dalla Manon Lescaut di Puccini, forse la migliore prova strumentale della serata, dove lo struggente assolo del violoncello si fonde con quello altrettanto commovente della viola in un baciamano sonoro da brivido.

 

Andrea Dallabianca, connessiallopera.it

 

Il concerto inizia con l'Ouverture di Norma e con la Sinfonia dalla Cenerentola. Subito Alapontprende in mano l'orchestra con vigore, ma anche con precisione. Tempi serrati ed energia dominano l'esecuzione. Si ha l'impressione che l'esecuzione sia stata provata e calibrata sull'acustica affatto diversa dell'ampia Piazza del Duomo.

 

Fabrizio Moschini, Operaclick

  

Concerto Opera di Firenze 2016

 

Alapont ne ha dato una lettura vivida e precisa: l’implacabile ritmo di marcia dell’andante iniziale, con il suono “gelido” di corni ed ottoni e la leggerezza frizzante e sensualità “demoniaca” del seduttore nell’allegro molto della seconda parte. [...] Alapont ha impresso all’esecuzione un notevole slancio, sottolineando il carattere in un certo senso “dionisiaco” di questa sinfonia, grazie soprattutto dalla compattezza degli archi e dalla vivacità dei colori. Pubblico entusiasta e perfettamente a ragione.

 

Domenico Del Nero, Totalita.it

 

«Idomeneo» Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg 2016

 

Quant à la direction vive et emportée du chef espagnol Sergio Alapont, elle donne un élan bienvenu à l’excellent chœur de l’Opéra du Rhin et invite les musiciens de l’Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse à se surpasser.

 

La Lettre du Musician

 

Les saisissants et remarquables Chœurs de l'Opéra national du Rhin donnent un sérieux motif de satisfaction – bien secondés par la direction attentive du jeune Sergio Alapont, manœuvrant dans les méandres et les faux-semblants de cette écriture seria.

 

Altamusica.com

 

Particulièrement mis à contribution par la partition et par la mise en scène, le chœur de l’Opéra national du Rhin se montre précis, intense et impliqué. L’orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse fait preuve d’une belle homogénéité globale avec des solos instrumentaux – et ils sont nombreux – de qualité. A sa tête, remplaçant Hervé Niquet initialement annoncé, le jeune chef espagnol Sergio Alapont offre une direction animée, vivante et très théâtrale dans une optique parfaitement classique.

 

Resmusica.com

 

Dirigenten Sergio Alapont schlägt sich wacker, ist filigran in den kleinen Noten und transparent im Klang. Alapont den auf „alte Musik“ spezialisierte Spezialensemble besitzen, und in den grandiosen Accompagnato-Rezitativen dürfte die „Klangrede“ noch ein gutes Stück bewegter, dramatischer sein.

 

Online Muzik Magazine

 

Einen durchweg guten Eindruck hinterlässt das Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse unter der Leitung von Sergio Alapont. Schon bei der Ouvertüre kann man die dramatische, federnd musizierte Lesart des Dirigenten hören. Die Streicher klingen gut akzentuiert und entwickeln einen aufgerauten Ton.

 

Kulturjoker

 

«Otello» Teatro Calderòn Valladolid

 

La Sinfonica di Castilla y Leon si è mostrata disciplinata sotto la guida di Sergio Alapont. Il giovane maestro ha saputo imprimere un buon impulso alla narrazione

 

Rafael Banus Irusta, L'Opera

 

Sergio Alapont, de Benicàssim, lleva más de dos lustros sobre el podio. Ha trabajado en Europa y Estados Unidos dirigiendo luminarias del bel canto como June Anderson, Daniela Dessì, Domingo, Berganza, Guleghina o Pons. Pronto lo volveremos a ver en el Palau de Les Arts con Idomeneo, de Mozart. Su Otello destacó por la justeza y minuciosidad con la que cuidó el equilibrio instrumental en las arias y duos, y la justeza de los concertantes permitiendo escuchar, con claridad, las diferentes intervenciones

 

Josè Doménech Part

 

«Aida» Teatro Comunale Sassari 2015

 

Loved the direction of Sergio Alapont, Spanish Maestro from Benicassim in Sassari that is already his home and where he was fortunately emerged with important debuts. Debut for Aida as well, but supported by a confident gesture, attention to the stage with ideal support voices, and with attention to both dynamics, never prevaricating and colors, particularly inspiring in the opening scene of the third act on the banks of the Nile and in the grave, in the dreamy and tragic end. Surging and held that the valiant Orchestra Ente Concerti was able to translate into sounds always precise and clean.

 

Andrea Merli

 

Attentive and focused direction of the young but already experienced Sergio Alapont, who led a hard and intense score reading with the excellent orchestra Concerti Ente Marialisa de Carolis.

 

SassariNotizie

 

The performance of this Aida was headed by Sergio Alapont, already seen at work on the Ente Concerti De Carolis. His conducting has interpreted the" climate "of Aida, his musical setting - very rich in precious refinements stubbornly pursued Verdi - with considerable care and variety of attitudes, qualities essential for a work that always oscillates between the grandiose and the public dimension of the story of the intimate private life.

 

La Nuova Sardegna

 

other reviews

 

At the head of a brilliant Wexford Festival Orchestra, the Spanish conductor Sergio Alapont brings out the elegance and the freshness of Cagnoni's writing.

 

Thomas Moike, Online Musik Magazin

 

Offenbachian in spirit, Donizettian in style, it’s a deliciously orchestrated score, packed full of patter songs, puns, coloratura pyrotechnics and melting serenades, with one sequence that Bucefalo “composes” as he sings and another where he directs. Who knew diegesis was so big in the 1840s? Exquisitely played by the orchestra under Sergio Alapont.

 

Anna Picard, The Times

 

This is an effervescent score, yet it takes a conductor such as Sergio Alapont to unlock all its potential. The Spaniard has a natural understanding of this repertoire, with the deft technique needed for those passages of breakneck speed and an instinct for the music's inherent delicacy. Alapont draws playing of brilliant lightness and virtuosity.

 

John Allison, The Telegraph

 

Sergio Alapont's pacy conducting allows the score to dance over the footlights

 

George Hall, The Guardian

 

In the pit, Sergio Alapont whizzes the orchestra efficiently through the notes

 

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph