Antonio Pappano (born in 1959) is Music Director of The Royal Opera, a position he has held since 2002. During his tenure he has conducted an extensive repertory, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Ravel, Berg, Shostakovich and Britten, as well as the world premieres of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur (2008) and Turnage’s Anna Nicole (2011), and works for The Royal Ballet. In the 2018/19 Season he conducts Der Ring des Nibelungen, Verdi’s Reqiuem, The Queen of Spadesand La forza del destino, and an orchestral concert, for the Company. Aged 32, he was appointed Music Director of La Monnaie, Brussels, from where he joined The Royal Opera.
Pappano has conducted symphonic repertory widely in the USA and Europe and is Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He has made many recordings as both conductor and pianist. He has received many awards, including in 2015 the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, and in 2016 was named one of the ten most successful Italians working in the UK by the PrimiDieci Society. In 2012 he was made Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana and received a knighthood.
A. Pappano receiving the Vittorio de Sica prize from President Napolitano. 2010
Music Director of The Royal Opera A. Pappano explores the score of Puccini's Madama Butterfly