2 April 2014 at 10.57am | 2 Comments
Antonio will conduct six opera productions during the Season – Anna Nicole, I due Foscari, Tristan und Isolde, Andrea Chénier, Król Roger, and Guillaume Tell. 'We're celebrating Tony's versatility – how he can conduct operas from different periods, across a range of styles and make them all sound like they're his speciality', says Director of Opera Kasper Holten.
As well as the performances, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is giving a symphonic concert, something Kasper hopes will become an annual tradition.
Born in London, Antonio Pappano’s love of opera and theatre was sparked when he worked as a répétiteur at New York City Opera, in his early twenties. He subsequently worked at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Frankfurt Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bayreuth Festival, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim. Antonio made his conducting debut in Oslo in 1987 and his Covent Garden debut three years later before being appointed Music Director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels at the age of 32. He took up his current post with The Royal Opera in 2002 and has since conducted an extensive range of productions from Mozart to Berg, as well as the world premieres of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur in 2008 and Turnage’s Anna Nicole in 2011.