9 May 2012 at 11.19am
Antonio Pappano being awarded the honour of Cavaliere di Gran Croce by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano © Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 2012
Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano has been awarded the honour of Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
The Maestro, also conductor of Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, was invested with the honour at a ceremony in Rome. The award supersedes the award of Commendatore that he received in 2008 and is the highest ranking honour of the republic. It may be awarded to those in the fields of the arts, economy, public service, for humanitarian activities as well as in recognition of long civilian and military careers.
Upcoming performances conducted by Antonio Pappano during the remainder of the 2011/12 Season include David McVicar's new production of Les Troyens as well as Otello and the Plácido Domingo's Operalia Winners performance. In 2012/13 he will conduct The Ring Cycle, The Minotaur, Don Carlo and Simon Boccanegra.
Maestro Pappano was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours earlier this year.