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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 at New York City Opera aged 21. He subsequently worked at Liceu, Barcelona, Frankfurt Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and 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 also made many recordings, as both conductor and pianist, principally for the EMI label. He has received many awards, and in 2012 was made Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana and received a knighthood.

Videos

News and features

Verdi’s I due Foscari live in cinemas on 27 October 2014

Verdi’s I due Foscari live in cinemas on 27 October 2014

20 October 2014

Stephen Fry will present the performance, starring Plácido Domingo and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Listen: Antonio Pappano - 'Every note must be theatrical. Every note is important'

Listen: Antonio Pappano - 'Every note must be theatrical. Every note is important'

13 October 2014

The Music Director of The Royal Opera on opera in cinemas, the pressure on singers, and his thoughts on concept-led 'Regietheater'.

Your Reaction: Plácido Domingo In Conversation livestream

Your Reaction: Plácido Domingo In Conversation livestream

12 October 2014

Catch up with Antonio Pappano's chat with the opera star, and see a selection of audience comments.

Listen: Antonio Pappano - 'Theatre is something that every human being needs'

Listen: Antonio Pappano - 'Theatre is something that every human being needs'

11 September 2014

The Music Director of The Royal Opera on what he's most excited about over the coming Season, juggling two high-profile jobs, and why the arts are vital.

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

29 August 2014

Company to perform Macbeth and Don Giovanni in Tokyo, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Watch: Plácido Domingo In Conversation event streamed live by ROH on 12 October 2014

Watch: Plácido Domingo In Conversation event streamed live by ROH on 12 October 2014

15 August 2014

Opera legend to be interviewed by Antonio Pappano for free-to-watch event.

Photos

Benjamin Hulett with Antonio Pappano in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Anna Nicole © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Mark-Anthony Turnage and Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Anna Nicole © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Antonio Pappano at the London Music Awards © London Music Awards 2014

John Tomlinson with Antonio Pappano, celebrating 35 years performing with The Royal Opera © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke 2013

Antonio Pappano receives ISM Distinguished Musician Award © ROH/Ruairi Watson 2013

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

Antonio Pappano at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch © ROH

Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch © Elliott Franks/ROH 2012

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten © Elliott Franks/ROH 2012

Royal Opera Live: Antonio Pappano talking to composer Harrison Birtwistle and Tom Service before the Sitzprobe rehearsal for The Minotaur. © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke 2013

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Penny Smith interviewing David McVicar and Antonio Pappano at an ROH Insights session © Sim Canetty-Clarke/ROH 2012

A performance at the launch of the Verdi syndicate © ROH 2012

Tony Pappano and Aleksandrs Antonenko perform at the Verdi Syndicate launch © ROH 2012

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

Antonio Pappano being awarded the honour of Cavaliere di Gran Croce by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano © Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 2012

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights ©ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke 2012

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights ©ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke 2012

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights ©ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke 2012

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights ©ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke 2012

Antonio Pappano, John Copley, Dame Janet Baker and Tony Hall after the opening night of La bohème © Neil Gillespie/ROH 2012

Music Director Antonio Pappano working with Fanfare winner Francis Wignall © ROH 2011

Antonio Pappano © Clive Barda/ROH 2011

Edward Gardner (English National Opera), Vladimir Jurowski (Glyndebourne) and Antonio Pappano (Royal Opera House) © ROH/2011

Antonio Pappano © Sim Canetty-Clarke/ROH 2011

Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano © Sim Canetty-Clarke/ROH 2011