Toscana Opera Festival has announced that Alfonso Scarano, Principal Conductor of Virtuosi di Praga since 2000, has officially been named as its new Music Director. Leader in the opera touring Toscana Opera Festival perform since 1997 in the historic Tuscany cities of notable tourist interest including San Gimignano, Cortona, Volterra, Pistoia, Bibbiena, San Giovanni Valdarno etc. as well as in the most Italian cities including Roma, Brescia, Udine, Todi, Gubbio. Alfonso Scarano is winner of the 1st prize at V International Conducting Competition Bottega 1993 in Teatro Comunale di Treviso(Italy), 1st prize at IV European Community Conducting Competition Franco Capuana 1997 in Roma, ITALY and 2nd prize ( 1st and 3rd not assigned) at 1st International Conducting Competition Luigi Mancinelli in Teatro Comunale di Orvieto, ITALY. In 2003 he was the winner of the project Young European Conductors (Chaired by Daniele Gatti) of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Italy.