Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia announced today, St Cecilia’s day, that Sir Antonio Pappano will continue as its Music Director through 2021. The renewal confirms the relationship and great bond between Pappano, Orchestra, Choir and Academy’s audience.

Michele dall’Ongaro, President-Superintendent of Santa Cecilia said, “I am particularly proud of this renewed partnership and I am sure that the extraordinary results achieved so far will be continued with the academy’s ambitious objectives for the near future.”

Sir Antonio Pappano’s celebrated directorship of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia began in 2005. In the past year alone, their acclaimed studio recording of Aida for Warner Classics, Anna Netrebko’s Verismo (Deutsche Grammophon), Janine Jansen’s Brahms/Bartok (Decca) and Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & In the South (ICA) have dominated the top international classical music awards and Best of lists.

Forthcoming concerts of the “major artistic brand of our time” (ResMusica) include 15-17 & 19 December with Janine Jansen in a programme featuring works by Ravel, Bernstein and Sibelius; 12-14 January featuring Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 and  Radu Lupu performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4; and the Mozart Gala with Cecilia Bartoli on 27 January.