31 December 2011 at 12.15am | 29 Comments
On receiving the news, Antonio Pappano said, "I am astonished but hugely honoured by this news. I am so grateful to the Royal Opera House for providing me with a platform to make music and drama with a world-class orchestra and chorus communicating our passion for this amazing art-form."
Sir John Tomlinson, currently appearing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Covent Garden, said, "I have known and worked with Tony for 25 years now, and he commands my admiration and respect as a fine musician, an impressive pianist, a conductor who understands the singing voice like no other, and an intensely dedicated artistic leader of the Royal Opera House. All of us here in the House are absolutely delighted for him."
Tony Hall, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House said, “On behalf of everyone at the Royal Opera House, I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted that Tony Pappano has been knighted for his services to music. He has boundless energy and we all love working with him. His passion for opera communicates itself to people - those who know a lot about music and those who are new to it. We're very lucky to have him at Covent Garden. Tony has made a huge contribution to the musical life of this country, opera in particular, and works with many of the world’s leading artists. It’s wonderful recognition of his talent, passion and extraordinary commitment that he should be honoured in this way.
"It's also a great way for us all to celebrate the New Year, which sees some really momentous works of opera on our stage at Covent Garden over the coming months with Tony at the helm".
Full details of the New Year's Honours list can be found on the Directgov website.