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Antonio Pappano to be celebrated during 2014/15 Royal Opera Season

The Music Director will conduct six operas, as well as the first in a series of annual symphonic concerts at Covent Garden.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

2 April 2014 at 10.57am | 2 Comments

The recently-announced 2014/15 Royal Opera Season will celebrate Antonio Pappano, the Company's Music Director.

Antonio will conduct six opera productions during the Season – Anna NicoleI due FoscariTristan und IsoldeAndrea Chénier, Król Roger, and Guillaume Tell.

 'We're celebrating Tony's versatility – how he can conduct operas from different periods, across a range of styles and make them all sound like they're his speciality', says Director of Opera Kasper Holten.

As well as the performances, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is giving a symphonic concert, something Kasper hopes will become an annual tradition.

Born in London, Antonio Pappano’s love of opera and theatre was sparked when he worked as a répétiteur at New York City Opera, in his early twenties. He subsequently worked at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Frankfurt OperaLyric Opera of Chicago and the Bayreuth Festival, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim. Antonio made his conducting debut in Oslo in 1987 and his Covent Garden debut three years later before being 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 in 2008 and Turnage’s Anna Nicole in 2011.

See more details of the 2014/15 Royal Opera Season, including dates and casting.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Alice Poulsen responded on 2 April 2014 at 3:26pm Reply

    Sounds GOOD!! Pappano is an extraordinary musical communicator and always a pleasure to "hear" him.

    I fondly remember a couple of years ago, ROH had one of these nightmare dates when a concert with one tenor got cancelled due to ill health, then a baritone stepped in and also got sick 2 days before.

    The end result was DiDonato, Hampson, Calleja in co-recital with Pappano at the piano. Utterly spectacular evening was the result - we were privileged to be there on the night.

  2. Li Yan responded on 10 April 2014 at 12:27pm Reply

    Alice, it was Villazon and then Hvorostovsky - both afflicted by a terrible case of Operatitis - it was the same summer (2009) when DiDonato broke her ankle on stage and a Glyndebourne lead tumbled into the orchestra pit!

    I too am looking forward immensely to these concerts.

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