Since 2000 Alfonso Scarano is Principal Guest Conductor of the Virtuosi di Praga, historic Czech orchestra with which has performed in Germany (Freiburg Konzerthaus, Saarbrucken Kongresshalle, Heidelberg Stadthalle, Ulm EinsteinSaal), Italy (Milano, Brescia, Bergamo, Verona, Treviso, Trento, Udine), Slovakia (Bratislava Reduta Hall), Greece (Thessaloniki Concert Hall) and Czech Republic (Praha Rudolfinum, Praha Municipal Hall, Pontes Festival).
Alfonso Scarano won 1st prize in 1993 at the fifth edition of the Bottega International Conducting Competition at the Teatro Comunale of Treviso, Italy (Chaired by Peter Maag), 1st prize in 1997 at the fourth edition of the Franco Capuana European Community Conducting Competition in Rome, Italy (Chaired by Michelangelo Zurletti) and 2nd prize (1st and 3rd not assigned) in 2005 at the first edition of the Luigi Mancinelli International Conducting Competition at the Teatro Comunale of Orvieto, Italy (Chaired by Maurizio Arena). In 2003 he was chosen by Daniele Gatti to participate in the Young European Conductors Project of the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole, Italy.
Between 2006 and 2008 he has been Music Director of the Toscana Opera Festival, Italy. In three editions ha has conducted fifty performances by Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Carmen and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
In Italy he is regularly invited from the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione ICO Tito Schipa di Lecce and Orchestra Mitteleuropea di Udine.
In the Czech Republic, besides the decennial relationship with the Virtuosi di Praga, Alfonso Scarano has conducted the most important orchestras of the country including the Moravskà Filharmonie Olomouc, Český Rozhlas Orchestra Praha, Plzenskà Filharmonie, Filharmonie Hradec Kràlovè, Praha Gustav Mahler Orchestra, Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinů Zlin, Severočeská Filharmonie Teplice, Karlovarský Symfonický Orchestr.
Among the several orchestras Alfonso Scarano conducted from 1993 until today also the Filarmonia Veneta (Teatro Comunale di Treviso), OTLiS (Teatro Sperimentale di Spoleto), Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Orchestra Milano Classica, Kiev National Radio Television Simphony Orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana and Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. He has collaborated with renowned international artists such as Jorg Demus, Alexander Toradze, Anna Kravtchenko, Ivan Martin, Vilmos Szabadi and Mario Brunello.
Alfonso Scarano has conducted the mainstays of operatic repertoire including Nabucco, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Don Pasquale, La Sonnambula, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gianni Schicchi and Gluck’s opera Le Cinesi in theatres such us Politeama Greco in Lecce, Teatro Sperimentale in Spoleto, Teatro Civico in Vercelli, Teatro Comunale in Treviso, Teatro Manzoni in Monza, Pompei Festival, Anfiteatro Romano di Ostia Antica in Roma, Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine, Stagione Lirica in San Gimignano, Friedrichshafen Theater, Freiburg Theater, Roman Amphitheater in Plovdiv.
Besides the classic ballets (Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle and Raymonda), Alfonso Scarano has concentrated its attention on the historical twentieth century repertoire conducting La Giara by Alfredo Casella (new production of the Balletto del Sud directed from Fredy Franzutti), Romeo and Giulietta by Prokofiev and Apollon Musagete by Stravinsky. The international dance gala conducted to Mittelfest 2009 and 2010 was enthusiastically reviewed by the press.
Alfonso Scarano has collaborated with the greatest dancers of the world and particularly with etoiles from Wiener Staatsoper, Ljubljana Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, Ballet de l’Opèra de Paris and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
His discography includes recordings for Tactus (first world recording of the Suite for organ and orchestra by Respighi with Milano Classica Orchestra), Lupulus (works of Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti with Virtuosi di Praga and Stefano Secco) and AliasSistemi (Russian Easter Festival Ouverture by Rimsky-Korsakov, Flute and Harp concerto K 299 by Mozart and the first world performance of Et amor by Sandro Perotti for solo, choir and orchestra, with the participation of the world renowned soprano Daniela Dessì).
Alfonso Scarano is graduated in Conducting (summa cum laude from the Conservatorio Umberto Giordano in Foggia), Opera Conducting (Accademia Musicale Pescarese) as well as in Choral Conducting (Conservatorio Niccolò Piccinni in Bari) and Trumpet (Conservatorio Tito Schipa in Lecce).