Antonio Pappano

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Antonio Pappano (born 30 December 1959, Epping, England) is a British conductor and pianist of Italian parentage.

Pappano's family relocated to England from Castelfranco in Miscano near Benevento, Italy in 1958 and at the time of his birth his parents worked in the restaurant business, but Pasquale Pappano, his father, was by vocation a singing teacher. When Antonio was 13 years old, he moved with his family to Connecticut, in the United States. After musical training in piano, composition, and conducting, he became a rehearsal accompanist at the New York City Opera by the age of 21.[1] Pappano is the youngest conductor to lead the orchestra of the Royal Opera House in London, accompanying both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.

A pianist as well as a conductor, he attracted the attention of fellow pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, whose assistant he became at the Bayreuth Festival.[2] He worked in Barcelona and Frankfurt, and served as an assistant to Michael Gielen.[3] His first conducting appearance at Den Norske Opera was in 1987, and he became music director there in 1990.

In 1992, Pappano became music director of La Monnaie, the Belgian Royal Opera House, a post he held until 2002. In 1999, he was named the music director of the Royal Opera House (ROH), Covent Garden effective with the 2002-2003 season. At Covent Garden, Pappano and Elaine Padmore, the ROH Director of Opera, share responsibility for production.[4] His current ROH contract is through 2013.[5]

Pappano has also been principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005 he became music director of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He records regularly for EMI Classics. His commercial recordings include the following releases:

Pappano is married to Pamela Bullock, an American vocal coach. He rarely sees his family, who live in the United States.[4]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Anna Picard (2006-12-03). "Antonio Pappano: Local hero". The Independent. http://arts.independent.co.uk/music/features/article2035338.ece. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  2. ^ Rupert Christiansen (2002-09-02). "High octane, high hopes". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/09/02/bmpap02.xml. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  3. ^ Peter Conrad (2003-02-23). "Lightning conductor". The Observer. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,900794,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  4. ^ a b Rupert Christiansen (2008-09-08). "Antonio Pappano: the unstoppable maestro". The Observer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/09/08/bmpappano108.xml. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  5. ^ Rupert Christiansen (2009-09-26). "Antonio Pappano on the Royal Opera and Tristan und Isolde". The Times. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/opera/article6847932.ece. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 

[edit] Sources

Maeckelbergh, Lucrèce, Antonio Pappano: Con Passione. Snoeck, 2006 (ISBN 9053495274).

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Preceded by
Sylvain Cambreling
Music Director, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels
1992-2002
Succeeded by
Kazushi Ono
Preceded by
Bernard Haitink
Music Director, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
2002-present
Succeeded by
incumbent
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