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Currently Music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Antonio Pappano was born in London of Italian parents. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his studies in piano, composition and conducting.  Work as a repetiteur and assistant conductor rapidly led to his engagement in theatres throughout the world: New York City Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), Frankfurt Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bayreuth Festival, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim for Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal and the Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 1987 Pappano made his debut as an opera conductor with La Bohème at Den Norske Opera in Oslo and was appointed Music Director there in 1990. During this period, he also made his conducting debuts at Covent Garden (La Bohème, June 1990), English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Théâtre du Châtelet and Berlin Staatsoper. At the age of 32 Pappano was named Music Director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and remained in this post for ten

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Currently Music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Antonio Pappano was born in London of Italian parents. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his studies in piano, composition and conducting.  Work as a repetiteur and assistant conductor rapidly led to his engagement in theatres throughout the world: New York City Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), Frankfurt Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bayreuth Festival, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim for Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal and the Der Ring des Nibelungen.

In 1987 Pappano made his debut as an opera conductor with La Bohème at Den Norske Opera in Oslo and was appointed Music Director there in 1990. During this period, he also made his conducting debuts at Covent Garden (La Bohème, June 1990), English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Théâtre du Châtelet and Berlin Staatsoper.

At the age of 32 Pappano was named Music Director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and remained in this post for ten years. In 1993, Pappano made a notable debut at the Vienna Staatsoper, replacing Christoph von Dohnànyi at the last minute in a new production of Wagner’s Siegfried, for which he received unanimous acclaim. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 1997 with a new production of Eugene Onegin and in 1999 at the Bayreuth Festspiele conducting a new production of Lohengrin.  From 1997 – 99 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Phiharmonic Orchestra.

Pappano has also conducted the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Münchner Philharmonie, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestra de Paris.

He has recorded Don Carlo for EMI Classics (CD and DVD, which received the “Performance of Year Award” from Gramophone) as well as La Bohème, Guillaume Tell, La Rondine (awarded Best Recording of the Year by Gramophone Magazine), Il Trittico, Massenet’s Werther and Manon, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Il Trovatore, Tristan und Isolde and the Verdi Requiem. His orchestral recordings with the orchestra of Santa Cecilia include Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 and Respighi’s Roman Trilogy, Rossini’s Stabat Mater (“Editor’s Choice Award” from Gramophone) and he has also partnered Hanna Chang, Leif Ove Andsnes and Maxim Vengerov in concerto recordings and Ian Bostridge in recital. Antonio Pappano’s Roman orchestra, the Academia di Santa Cecilia, have won Critics’ Choice at the Classical BRIT Awards for their recording of the Verdi Requiem. A more complete discography can be found on the IMG Artists website.

He was awarded ‘Artist of the Year 2000’ by Gramophone, the 2003 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award 2004. In May 2012 Antonio Pappano was made a Cavaliere di Gran Croce by of the Republic of Italy. He was recently awarded the Bruno Walter prize by the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris.

In recent seasons at the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano has conducted the complete Ring cycle, the world premiere of Mark-Anton Turnage’s Anna Nicole, and new productions of Tristan & Isolde, Les Troyens, Parsifal and Les Vêpres Siciliennes. He also made his Salzburg Festival debut conducting a new production of Don Carlo.

This coming season he will conduct I Due Foscari and King Roger at Covent Garden.

In January 2012 Antonio Pappano received a Knighthood for his services to music.

 

2014/2015 Season

 

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"With all three operas conducted by Antonio Pappano, who seems to have an almost mystical feel that always brings out the best in Verdi's music, this all added up to a wondrous evening's entertainment."

William Hartston, Express

"Sir Antonio Pappano and his ROH Orchestra were magnificient, a riveting account of the score, mind-boggling in its concentration given he has also found time during his run to tour Italy with the LSO and give two London concerts with it […] Verdi’s music runs hot through Pappano’s veins. (Don Carlo)"

Kevin Rogers, Classical Source

"The orchestra, under Antonio Pappano, gives as fine an account of opera's greatest score as I've ever heard, spinning long, long lines, so that the music flows in paragraphs, but with total consideration for the differing abilities and strengths of the singers. (Ring)"

Paul Levy, The Wall Street Journal

"The Prom performance also confirmed what to me was obvious from the first, that Antonio Pappano is master of the work […] Pappano paced the whole work impeccably. (Les Troyens)"

David Cairns, Opera

"Antonio Pappano's conducting, meanwhile, is electric and eruptive throughout, yet wonderfully attentive to the needs of his singers, so that no one has to battle to be heard against the orchestra. Outstanding. (Otello)"

Tim Ashley, The Guardian,

"This is Pappano’s Figaro, though. His attention to orchestral detail is quite magical and his deft harpsichord flourishes raise continuo-playing to an art form. I’ll go so far as to say that it is the best-conducted account of this opera I have yet heard."

Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage

"Antonio Pappano again and again demonstrated his impeccable Verdian credentials. (Simone Boccanegra)"

Roger Parker, Opera

"An evening as much of Verdi's music as the singing, driven (we are lucky to have him) by Antonio Pappano's tremendous feel for drama in music as conductor. "

Adrian Hamilton, The Independent

"Conductor Antonio Pappano ensured that musical values were genuinely high"

George Hall, The Guardian

"The other great stars of the night were in the pit - the Royal Opera House Orchestra absolutely on fire under Antonio Pappano's inspired direction. The music roared, swooned and sobbed in one unstoppable arch, so much so that the only real break for applause was after Tosca's aria."

Ditlev Rindom, Mundo Clasico

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Discography