Currently Musical Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, ANTONIO PAPPANO is the youngest conductor to have ever been invited to this position. Previously, he has been Musical director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Norwegian Opera. He has also been principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in London of Italian parents, he studied with Norma Verrilli, Arnold Franchetti, and Gustav Meier. His work as pianist and assistant conductor rapidly led to his engagement in theaters throughout the world. Most notably, he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim for numerous productions at the Bayreuth Festival.
Antonio Pappano’s operatic debut took place at the Norwegian Opera, where he was soon named Musical director. His repertoire in the theater is remarkably diverse. During this same time, Antonio Pappano made his conducting debuts at the English National Opera, Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Berlin Staatsoper.
On the concert podium, Antonio Pappano conducts regularly with the the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Beginning in the 2005/2006 season, Pappano will be the new Music Director of the Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
Awarded “Artist of the Year 2000” by Gramophone magazine, Pappano records regularly for EMI Classics, both as conductor and accompanist.