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Antonio Pappano

Conductor

Biography

Antonio Pappano in action.
Conductor Antonio Pappano for Der Ring des Nibelungen © Clive Barda/ROH 2012

Antonio Pappano is Music Director of The Royal Opera, a position he has held since 2002. During his tenure he has conducted an extensive repertory, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Ravel, Berg, Shostakovich and Britten, as well as the world premieres of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur (2008) and Turnage’s Anna Nicole (2011), and works for The Royal Ballet.

Pappano was born of Italian parents in London, where from an early age he played the piano for his father’s singing pupils. As a teenager he moved with his family to the USA. His love of opera and theatre was sparked when he worked as a répétiteur for New York City Opera aged 21. He subsequently worked for Liceu, Barcelona, Frankfurt Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Bayreuth Festival, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim. Pappano made his conducting debut in Oslo in 1987 and his Covent Garden debut three years later. Aged 32, he was appointed Music Director of La Monnaie, Brussels, from where he joined The Royal Opera.

Pappano has conducted symphonic repertory widely in the USA and Europe and is Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He has made many recordings as both conductor and pianist. He has received many awards, including in 2015 the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal. In 2012 he was made Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana and received a knighthood.

The position of Music Director of The Royal Opera is generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Antonio Pappano explores the music of <em>Il tabarro</em> and <em>Suor Angelica</em>

Watch: Antonio Pappano explores the music of Il tabarro and Suor Angelica

28 January 2016

The Music Director of the Royal Opera digs deeper into the scores of two of the three operas that make up Il trittico.

Five singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2016

Five singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2016

22 January 2016

The search for the opera stars of tomorrow saw entries from 50 countries around the world.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on <em>Cavalleria rusticana</em> / <em>Pagliacci</em>

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

10 December 2015

Backstage films from the live relay of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Photos

Benjamin Hulett with Antonio Pappano in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

Antonio Pappano, Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda and Benjamin Hulett as Beppe in rehearsal for Pagliacci, The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

Antonio Pappano and Carlos Acosta at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

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Penny Smith interviewing David McVicar and Antonio Pappano at an ROH Insights session

Antonio Pappano being awarded the honour of Cavaliere di Gran Croce by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten

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Mark-Anthony Turnage and Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Anna Nicole

Music Director, Antonio Pappano with Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsal for Andrea Chénier

Antonio Pappano in rehearsals for Król Roger

Antonio Pappano at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Tony Pappano and Aleksandrs Antonenko perform at the Verdi Syndicate launch

Royal Opera Live: Antonio Pappano talking to composer Harrison Birtwistle and Tom Service before the Sitzprobe rehearsal for The Minotaur.

Edward Gardner (English National Opera), Vladimir Jurowski (Glyndebourne) and Antonio Pappano (Royal Opera House)

A performance at the launch of the Verdi syndicate

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten

Antonio Pappano receives ISM Distinguished Musician Award

Music Director Antonio Pappano working with Fanfare winner Francis Wignall

Antonio Pappano, John Copley, Dame Janet Baker and Tony Hall after the opening night of La bohème

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Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano at the London Music Awards

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Anna Nicole

Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna in rehearsal for Król Roger, The Royal Opera

John Tomlinson with Antonio Pappano, celebrating 35 years performing with The Royal Opera

Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

Conductor Antonio Pappano for Der Ring des Nibelungen