Music programs for film, television
A N T O N I O P
A P P A N O
news + info
Thursday March 25, 1999 1:49 PM ET
Pappano Joins Royal Opera
LONDON (AP) - Antonio Pappano has become the youngest musical director of the Royal Opera, the prestigious company based at the troubled Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.
Pappano, 39, the musical director of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie opera house in Brussels, will take over in London from Bernard Haitink in 2002.
The opera house has endured a period of financial uncertainty and infighting and hopes the new appointment will usher in a new era.
Pappano said Wednesday that the orchestra under Haitink "has attained worldwide renown and I consider myself fortunate to inherit such a wonderful instrument.''
"Of course, taking over such an important and vast organization will be a tremendous challenge, but it is a challenge that is right for me at this time,'' he said.
Pappano and Sir Anthony Dowell, director of the Royal Ballet, will share the role of artistic director of the Royal Opera House, home to both the opera and the ballet.
"It is the board's view that two equal artistic leaders, a musical director of the Royal Opera and a director of the Royal Ballet, will ensure the best creative and performing conditions from the companies,'' the Royal Opera House said in a statement.
Wednesday, March 24, 1999 Published at 14:25 GMT
Royal Opera gets new music director
The conductor Antonio Pappano has been named new music director of the Royal Opera. He is to take over from the current director Bernard Haitink in 2002.
Pappano is currently the music director of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie opera house in Brussels and will share the artistic leadership role of the Royal Opera House with the director of the Royal Ballet Sir Anthony Dowell - also based at the Covent Garden venue.
Pappano said it was a "privilege" to succeed Haitink.
"The orchestra under his leadership has attained worldwide renown and I consider myself fortunate to inherit such a wonderful instrument."
"Of course, taking over such an important and vast organisation will be a tremendous challenge, but it is a challenge that is right for me at this time."
Pappano, 39, will be the youngest artistic director at the ROH. Haitink, who threatened to resign during the Royal Opera House's troubles earlier this year, has agreed to stay and lead the next three seasons.
Haitink said: "I am delighted about the appointment of Tony Pappano as the next music director."
"I am especially pleased about the level of the commitment which he has undertaken to give to the Royal Opera House, which is exactly what the company and orchestra will need as they go through into the next decade."
Pappano was born in London of Italian parents but brought up in the US. He has conducted at European and American opera houses and is also principle guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Antonio Pappano wird Chefdirigent an der Londoner Oper
Freitag, 26. März 1999 - Die Royal Opera Covent Garden in London, derzeit geschlossen wegen umfangreicher Sanierungsmaßnahmen, hat einen Nachfolger für Bernard Haitink gefunden. Der 39jährige Engländer Antonio Pappano wird zukünftig die musikalischen Geschicke des Hauses leiten. Gleichzeitig wurde als Generaldirektor für die administrativen Aufgaben Michael Kaiser berufen.
Die Komplettaussetzung des Spielbetriebes soll noch bis Ende November andauern, am 1. Dezember wird das Haus mit einer Galavorstellung wiedereröffnet, wie die Süddeutsche Zeitung berichtet.
Keith Warners Bayreuther "Lohengrin"-Inszenierung
Zum ersten Mal dirigierte Antonio Pappano, Musikchef der Brüsseler Oper, in Bayreuth: ein gelungener Einstand, eine lebendig und beweglich, dramatisch und kontrastreich, dabei mit Klangsinn und Gelassenheit vorgetragene Partitur, ein auf Anhieb eigenfarbiger und profilierter Lohengrin. Das Festspielorchester: sofort in Hochform.
Portrait of Antonio Pappano