Antonio Pappano Tickets
Enjoy the Subtle Power of an Antonio Pappano Concert
There's a palpable energy when Sir Antonio Pappano takes to the stage and begins his musical programme. The conductor comes across as an artist, swiping through the air like brushstrokes on canvas. Mostly, it's his prowess as a conductor that draws fans.
While he is primarily the musical director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this very busy conductor also makes other appearances. He also serves as musical director for the Orchestra of Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at La Scala in Rome and makes appearances as a guest conductor occasionally. The 2014 season at Covent Garden will see him opening with Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera "Anna Nicole." Other performances slated include Verdi's "I due Foscari" and an orchestral concert in the spring of 2015.
Pappano leads a symphony orchestra and an opera house. His love of art in general is apparent in his unfailing drive to keep those artistic ventures blossoming. His first conducting experience was at the helm of Den Norske Opera, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, in 1987. He was named music director there in 1990. Sir Antonio Pappano was knighted in 2012 at New Year's in honour for his service to music. He's married to an American vocal coach and spends his off-season time in Connecticut.
His family moved from Italy to Epping, Essex, just prior to Pappano's birth in 1959. At age 13, the family moved to the United States, living in Connecticut, where he studied piano, conducting and composition. His opera work started when he was 21 and working as a rehearsal accompanist for the New York City Opera. He has conducted in Oslo, Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland, Paris, Berlin and Israel. He's vocal about his passion for his work and speaks freely about the complications and intricacies that come with conducting different personalities.
His most important breakthrough was his appointment as assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Bayreuth Festival. That post led to his appearance conducting at Den Norske Opera. From there he went on to conduct at the Belgian Royal Opera House from 1992 through to 2002. The following season he became the music director at Covent Garden, where he has an appointment until 2017. With any luck, fans of exquisite classical performances will be able to see him while he is at the fore of his genre.
His library of work is definitive and extensive. From his first experience with the works of Mendelssohn in 1996, through the compositions of Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Shostakovich, Strauss and other great masters, he always brings out the true artistry behind the music. His collaboration albums like "Diamonds in the Snow," where he worked with Barbara Bonney, struck a special note with fans. His catalogue of work saw four additions in 2013 and he shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Whether taking in a performance from one of the operas mentioned or enjoying something like this season's Tristan und Isolde, an event conducted by Antonio Pappano will leave everyone in the audience mesmerised. Find Antonio Pappano tickets near you today.
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