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Antonio Pappano

Biography

Antonio Pappano is Music Director of The Royal Opera. He 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, at the age of 21. He subsequently worked at Gran Teatre del Liceu in 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. He was appointed Music Director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels at the age of 32. He took up his current post with The Royal Opera in 2002 and has since conducted an extensive range of productions from Mozart to Berg, as well as the world premieres of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur (2008) and Turnage’s Anna Nicole (2011).

Pappano has conducted symphonic repertoire widely in the United States 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 May 2012 was made Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. In January 2012 he received a knighthood for services to music.

Upcoming productions

  • Manon Lescaut

    Cast as Conductor

    Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent.

  • Ariadne auf Naxos

    Cast as Conductor

    Grand passions and comedy collide with wonderful effect in Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’s dazzling opera.

  • Anna Nicole

    Cast as Conductor

    Sex, celebrity and scandal: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera draws on the dramatic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.

  • Anna Nicole

    Cast as Conductor

    Sex, celebrity and scandal: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera draws on the dramatic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.

  • I due Foscari

    Cast as Conductor

    A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.

  • Tristan und Isolde

    Cast as Conductor

    Christof Loy brings intense insight to Wagner’s story of illicit love, told through music of thrilling power.

  • Andrea Chénier

    Cast as Conductor

    David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano's passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution.

  • Król Roger

    Cast as Conductor

    Kasper Holten presents a new production of Szymanowski's sumptuously scored meditation on identity and desire, King Roger.

  • Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Cast as Conductor

    Antonio Pappano conducts a captivating programme that celebrates the award-winning Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

  • Guillaume Tell

    Cast as Conductor

    Damiano Michieletto makes his UK debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece.

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News and features

  1. Opera and Music 2014/15

    Opera and Music 2014/15

    Details of The Royal Opera's 2014/15 Season have been announced.

  2. Ballet and opera stars gather to launch ROH Live Cinema Season 2013/14

    Ballet and opera stars gather to launch ROH Live Cinema Season 2013/14

    Carlos Acosta, Bryan Hymel, Antonio Pappano and others celebrate the start of a new season.

  3. Your reaction: Simon Boccanegra

    Your reaction: Simon Boccanegra

    A selection of audience tweets from the first night of Elijah Moshinsky's production of Verdi's political thriller.

  4. Fanfare Competition: Win the chance to have your music played to thousands at the ROH

    Fanfare Competition: Win the chance to have your music played to thousands at the ROH

    If you're 11-16 years of age, send us your composition.

  5. Antonio Pappano presented with prestigious Distinguished Musician Award

    Antonio Pappano presented with prestigious Distinguished Musician Award

    Music Director receives award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

  6. Il tabarro broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 15 June

    Il tabarro broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 15 June

    Watch the first of Puccini’s Il trittico, directed by Richard Jones.

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