Music Director Antonio Pappano in rehearsal with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House ©ROH/Clive Barda, 2015
Music Director Antonio Pappano in rehearsal with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House ©ROH/Clive Barda, 2015

Maestro's Circle

The Maestro’s Circle is a unique philanthropic initiative for 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.

Now entering his 18th Season as Music Director, Maestro Pappano is one the world’s pre-eminent conductors. This season supporters will be invited to a series of events in his company, including exclusive access to a studio rehearsal, sitzprobe, an evening around a performance and an intimate coaching session with Jette Parker Young Artists. We will round off 2019-20 with a celebratory End of Season dinner to wish Maestro Pappano well before he takes his sabbatical year from the Royal Opera House.

Supporters are invited to make a philanthropic gift to enjoy this exclusive programme of involvement bringing them closer to the work of this exceptional artist in his creative prime. To find out more, please contact Alice MacInnes on +44 (0)20 7212 9757 or email

The Maestro’s Circle 2019/20 Season

Supporters will be warmly welcomed to the following events:

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 2.30pm Otello A private studio rehearsal with the Royal Opera Chorus. Watch artists rehearse with Maestro Pappano in the intimate setting of an opera studio before this Verdi classic moves to the stage.

Monday 2 December 2019, 7.00pm Coaching Session with Jette Parker Young Artists Hosted by philanthropists in a private home. Watch the Maestro work with several of our young artists, using his creative genius to unlock their full potential.

Tuesday 18 February 2020, 2.30pm Fidelio Exclusive access to a Sitzprobe rehearsal. The orchestra and principal artists come together for the first time under the baton of Maestro Pappano in this private rehearsal.

Tuesday 19 May 2020, 2.30pm Elektra Another opportunity for music lovers to gain access to a Sitzprobe. Be there for the incredibly special first meeting between the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and a stellar-cast of principal artists.

Tuesday 2 June 2020, 7.15pm Elektra An evening around a Performance* of Strauss’ masterpiece followed by an after party with the cast hosted by Maestro Pappano.

Thursday 25 June 2020, 7.00pm End of Season celebratory dinner A special moment to celebrate the extraordinary artistry of Maestro Pappano, to mark his 18 years as Music Director and wish him well before he goes on sabbatical.

* Please note that all tickets and refreshments are in addition to your generous gift. Access to rehearsals is at the discretion of The Royal Opera and the conductor and may change at short notice; alternative dates will be offered where possible.

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