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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: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

15 April 2016

Shakespeare Day insights event focuses on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work, including The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet and Otello.

The Royal Opera's <em>Boris Godunov</em> to be performed at BBC Proms on 16 July 2016

The Royal Opera's Boris Godunov to be performed at BBC Proms on 16 July 2016

13 April 2016

A concert performance of Musorgsky's opera will star Bryn Terfel and will be conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Remembering Peter Maxwell Davies

Remembering Peter Maxwell Davies

14 March 2016

The English composer, a leading light in contemporary music, has died at the age of 81.

Photos

Bryn Terfel with Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano discussing Boris Godunov with Bryn Terfel

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

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

Benjamin Hulett with Antonio Pappano in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

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

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

Tony Pappano and Aleksandrs Antonenko perform at the Verdi Syndicate launch

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

Bryn Terfel and Antonio Pappano discussing the music of Boris Godunov

Antonio Pappano receives ISM Distinguished Musician Award

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten

Music Director Antonio Pappano working with Fanfare winner Francis Wignall

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

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Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

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Antonio Pappano in rehearsal for Anna Nicole

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 the London Music Awards