Antonio Pappano has been music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, since 2002, and music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005. Nurtured as a pianist, repetiteur, and assistant conductor at many of the most important opera houses of Europe and North America — including Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bayreuth Festival as musical assistant to Daniel Barenboim — Mr. Pappano was appointed music director of Oslo’s Den Norske Opera in 1990, and served as music director of Brussels’s Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (1992–2002) and principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1997–99).
He has appeared as a guest conductor with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the New York, Berlin, Vienna, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; the Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Cleveland symphony orchestras; and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris. He maintains a particularly strong relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, which he conducts annually at their home in London’s Barbican Hall and widely on tour.
Recent highlights include debuts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival; performances at the BBC Proms and Bucharest Festival with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and his debut with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Future appearances include his debuts with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Bavarian Radio Symphony; returns to the Berlin and New York Philharmonic orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Berlin Staatskapelle; and tours of Europe, Asia, and the U.S. with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
An exclusive recording artist for Warner Classics (formerly EMI Classics) since 1995, his discography features numerous operas and orchestral recordings that have received accolades including Classic BRIT, ECHO Klassik, BBC Music magazine, and Gramophone awards Born in London to Italian parents, Antonio Pappano moved with his family to the United States at age 13. He studied piano with Norma Verrilli, composition with Arnold Franchetti, and conducting with Gustav Meier. His awards and honors include Gramophone’s Artist of the Year, Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, and Bruno Walter Prize from the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris. He is Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Republic of Italy, a Knight of the British Empire, and the 100th recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal. He has also developed a career as a speaker and presenter, including in the BBC Television documentaries Opera Italia, Pappano’s Essential Ring Cycle, and Pappano’s Classical Voices.