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Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano is the dynamic Music Director of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Royal Opera House. His award-winning TV series Opera Italia brought millions closer to the music of Italy. Since taking over at Santa Cecilia in 2005, Pappano has revitalised and galvanised the orchestra with his enthusiastic spirit, positive energy and consummate musicianship. Over the past five years, Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus have won countless awards for their recent recordings of Madam Butterfly, Verdi’s Requiem and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.“Those strings sang the second subject of the finale like a bel canto aria and I liked Pappano’s volatile way with the big tempo contrasts. It was bold, big-hearted, a little rash, thoroughly Mahlerian.”
Edward Seckerson, The Independent, March 2011
 
“It's a while since Italy could claim to have an orchestra that might genuinely compete with the best in Europe, but since Antonio Pappano took over at the Rome-based Accademia di Santa Cecilia in 2005, it has become a much more credible possibility.”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, March 2011
 
“Mahler's symphony, in Pappano's theatrical approach, is as rampant with pictures as a movie…that the players seemed to be having as much fun as the audience was evident in the three encores that they gave”
Ismene Brown, The Arts Desk, March 2011

Born in London in 1959 to Italian parents, Antonio Pappano studied piano, composition and conducting in the United States. His work as a pianist and assistant conductor quickly launched him on the international scene.

Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 1 October 2005; he had already become Music Director of London’s Covent Garden in September 2002. In the past, he has filled other prestigious positions: in 1990 he was named Music Director of the Norske Opera of Oslo, the theater where he made his international debut, and from 1991 to 2002 he carried out the same role at the
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Born in London in 1959 to Italian parents, he studied piano, composition and conducting in the United States. Among the more impressive steps in his career must be cited his debuts at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1993, at the Metropolitan in New York in 1997 and at the Bayreuth Festival in 1999.
 
Pappano has conducted many of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Bayerische Rundfunk and the London Symphony. In 1997 he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
With the Santa Cecilia ensembles, he performs 9 concerts every season at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome (the splendid structure created by Renzo Piano), in Sala Santa Cecilia which, with its 2,800 seats, is the largest concert hall in Europe.
 
Antonio Pappano records extensively for EMI Classics and many of his recordings have received important recognition. In 2005, he was named “Conductor of the Year” by the Royal Philharmonic Society; that same year he also received the “Abbiati” Prize, awarded by Italian Music Critics, for his conducting of the Requiems by Brahms, Britten and Verditogether with the Artistic Ensembles of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
 
In his fifth year as Music Director of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, he has already led the musicians on tours to Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Russia, Japan, Holland and France, attaining great public and critical success everywhere.
 
For the year 2011, important concerts have already been scheduled in Great Britain, at the Salzburg Festival and in the Far East, among other engagements.
 
Pappano has made several recordings with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus for the EMI label: two all-Tchaikovsky CDs (Overtures & Fantasies and the last three symphonies by the great Russian composer); one with cellist Han Na Chang entitled Romance with music by Lalo,Dvorák, Glazunov and Saint-Saëns; and another devoted to music by Respighi. In 2008 Maestro Pappano directed a recording of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly and in 2009, a live recording of the Verdi Requiem which,released the same year, received the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Award as best recording (choral section) and the 2010 Classical Brits Critics Award. His most recent recognition, also for the Verdi Requiem, was a 2010 Gramophone Award.
 
Among his latest recordings are: Symphony n. 2 by Rachmaninoff and The Enchanted Lake by Ljadov, the Stabat Mater by Rossini for EMI with an all-star cast – Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi (recorded in July 2010 for Deutsche Grammophon with Anna Netrebko and Marianna Pizzolato); Verismo Arias with Jonas Kaufmann (recorded for Decca), the opera William Tell by Rossini, which inaugurated the 2010-2011 Season at the Accademia and was recorded live by EMI.
On 16 April 2007 Antonio Pappano was named an Active Accademician of Santa Cecilia and in December 2008 he was honored with the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
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