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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

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team from Andrea Chénier

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team from Andrea Chénier

29 January 2015

Backstage films from the live relay of Andrea Chénier including a musical masterclass from Antonio Pappano, and an insight into costume design.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

Recommended recordings: November 2014

Recommended recordings: November 2014

19 November 2014

This month the focus falls on new recordings by Maria Callas, Antonio Pappano and Cecilia Bartoli.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

27 October 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of I due Foscari, including Antonio Pappano introducing Verdi's music and Plácido Domingo on his transition from tenor to baritone.

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'.

Photos

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Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Anna Nicole

Antonio Pappano at the London Music Awards

Antonio Pappano receives ISM Distinguished Musician Award

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

Tony Pappano and Aleksandrs Antonenko perform at the Verdi Syndicate launch

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

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

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten

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

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

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

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

Antonio Pappano

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

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

Benjamin Hulett with Antonio Pappano in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

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

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

Music Director Antonio Pappano working with Fanfare winner Francis Wignall

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Antonio Pappano at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

A performance at the launch of the Verdi syndicate

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

Antonio Pappano