18 November 2011 at 11.10am | Comment on this article
Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano has a sixth sense for Puccini. In the pit he's able to conjure up new textures in the most familiar of works, leaving you with a hunger for more. If you watched his BBC series Opera Italia you'll also know that he's also a great communicator and completely passionate about the artform.
As part of Royal Opera House Insights, he regularly presents informal introductions for live audiences here at Covent Garden, offering a unique view from the podium into the operatic repertoire. Check the website to book forthcoming Insights events.
Earlier this season, we filmed one of these when he introduced the music from Il tabarro and Suor Angelica, the first two operas in Puccini's Il trittico.
If this gives you a thirst for more Puccini, The Royal Opera present La bohème later this season. According to Pappano, no other opera better expresses the "irrepressible energy of youth".