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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. In the 2018/19 Season he conducted Der Ring des Nibelungen, Verdi’s Reqiuem, The Queen of Spades and La forza del destino, and an orchestral concert, for the Company. In the 2019/20 Season he conducts a tour of Faust and Otello to Japan, and, at the Royal Opera House, Otello, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and new productions of Fidelio and Elektra.

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, and in 2016 was named one of the ten most successful Italians working in the UK by the PrimiDieci Society. 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.

News and features

Watch: Exploring the power and passion of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

18 April 2018
Watch: Exploring the power and passion of Shostakovich's <em>Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk</em>

Antonio Pappano uncovers the controversial history and brooding music of Shostakovich's great masterpiece.

Royal Opera House 2018/19 Season announced

20 March 2018
Royal Opera House 2018/19 Season announced

The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera's programme for the coming Season include world premieres, major new productions and classic revivals.

Watch: Insights into Rossini's Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato

10 November 2017
Watch: Insights into Rossini's <em>Semiramide</em> with Joyce DiDonato

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of The Royal Opera's upcoming production of Rossini's epic tragedy.

Photos

Antonio Pappano, soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Antonio Pappano, soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Toby Spence, Antonio Pappano and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Toby Spence in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Toby Spence in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Toby Spence in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano and Keith Warner in rehearsal for Otello, The Royal Opera

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

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano and winner of Fanfare 2016, Nathanael Smalley, recording his composition

Music Director Antonio Pappano in rehearsal with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano at the London Music Awards

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Anna Nicole

Antonio Pappano

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

Antonio Pappano at ROH Insights

Conductor Antonio Pappano for Der Ring des Nibelungen

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

Antonio Pappano and Andrés Presno in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Vasko Vassilev, Antonio Pappano and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Toby Spence, Antonio Pappano and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Toby Spence, Antonio Pappano and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Toby Spence in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Louise Alder in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020

Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 13 June 2020