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Maestro's Circle

The Maestro’s Circle is a unique opera philanthropic initiative for all music lovers who would like to deepen their knowledge about the work of the conductor and, in particular, about the role of the world-renowned Royal Opera Music Director, Maestro Antonio Pappano.

Supporters of the Maestro’s Circle will be invited to make a philanthropic gift of £10,000.  They will be given behind-the-scenes access into Maestro Pappano's musical world through their participation in the events on offer.  These include an evening around a performance, a chorus rehearsal, a sitzprobe rehearsal, an evening in a private home and two private coaching sessions with Jette Parker Young Artists.  Supporters will experience at first-hand, the dedication, leadership and complex musical genius that go into creating Maestro Pappano’s electrically-charged and intensely theatrical main-stage performances.

Schedule of events: 2014/15 Season

Supporters will be warmly invited to the following:

  • an intimate evening in a private London home on Thursday 2 October 2014 in the company of Maestro Pappano who will be joined in conversation with the world-renowned singer and conductor, Maestro Plácido Domingo
  • a  coaching  session  led  by  Maestro   Pappano  of  Jette  Parker  Young Artists mezzo-soprano  Nadezhda  Karyazina  and  bass-baritone  Yuriy Yurchuk  accompanied by Michele Gamba on piano, on  the  evening  of Tuesday 9 December 2014,  followed  by  an  opportunity  to  meet with Maestro Pappano*
  • an afternoon sitzprobe rehearsal  with  the  principal  cast  and  chorus  of  Giordano’s Andrea Chenier led  by  Maestro  Pappano  in  the  afternoon  of Thursday 8 January 2015,  followed  by  an  informal  reception  with Maestro Pappano and members of the cast*
  • a coaching  session  led  by  Maestro   Pappano  of  Jette  Parker  Young Artists soprano  Kiandra Howarth  and   baritone  Samuel Dale Johnson accompanied by Jonathan Santagada on piano, on  the  evening  of Thursday 16  April 2015,  followed  by  an  opportunity  to  meet with Maestro Pappano*
  • an evening  around  a  performance conducted by Maestro Pappano of Kasper Holten’s new production for The Royal Opera of Szymanowski’s 20th century masterpiece Król Roger, including  a  post-performance  party  with  the  cast   hosted   by Maestro Pappano*  on  the  evening  of  Wednesday 6 May 2015
  • a chorus  rehearsal  session   of  Rossini's  Guillaume Tell led  by  Maestro Pappano and   Chorus Director Renato  Balsadonna on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 May 2015 followed  by  an  informal reception with Maestro Pappano, Renato Balsadonna and members of the chorus

*          All tickets, refreshments and travel costs would be in addition to the gift. Artists' availability is subject to confirmation. All the above events are timed to coincide with Maestro Pappano's involvement in productions.