Antonio Pappano ( born December 30, 1959 in Epping ) is a British conductor and pianist. He has since 2002 been music director of the Royal Opera House, London, and since 2005 the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Life and career
Antonio Pappano was born as the son of an Italian singing teacher in Epping north of London and grew up in Bridgetown, Connecticut in the USA. He received twelve years of piano lessons Norma Verrilli, studied composition with Arnold Franchetti and was trained by Gustav Meier as an orchestra conductor. At the age of 21, he started out as samples pianist at the New York City Opera. Pappano drew as pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim 's attention on himself and became his assistant at the Bayreuth Festival. He worked in Barcelona and Frankfurt, among others, as an assistant to Michael Gielen. In 1987 he conducted for the first time the Norwegian Opera, his operatic debut was in there with " La Bohème", in 1990 he became music director.
From 1992 to 2002 he was music director of the Brussels opera house. In 1999 he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in a new production of Lohengrin. From 1997 to 1999 he was principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed music director of the Royal Opera House in 1999, the place he took in 2002. In 2005 he took over as chief conductor of the orchestra of the Roman Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, has under his direction again to his old level that had suffered under the permanent non- occupation of 30 orchestral excerpts, back found.
Pappano has worked previously with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra together.
2013 he conducted in Salzburg the original French version of Verdi's Don Carlo, directed by Peter Stein.
Prizes and awards
- 2003: Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera
- 2004: Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in the category of conductor
- 2008: Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- 2011: Knight Bachelor
- 2012: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- 2012: Queen Elizabeth II gives it the additional name Sir
- 2013: Distinguished Musician Award, London
- 2013: International Opera Award, London, as Conductor of the Year