Pappano, Antonio, Italian-born American conductor; b. London, Dec. 30, 1959. He went to the U.S. and pursued training in piano with Norma Vernili, in composition with Arnold Franchetti, and in conducting with Gustav Meier. After working as a répétiteur and asst. conductor in several opera houses, he conducted at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, the English National Opera in London, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, London, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the Berlin State Opera. From 1992 to 2003 he served as music director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 1993 he made an acclaimed debut at the Vienna State Opera when he conducted on short notice a performance of Siegfried. He conducted Eugene Onegin at his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. on Jan. 13, 1997. In 1998 he was made principal guest conductor of the Israel Phil. He was engaged to conduct Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival in 1999. In 2002 he became music director of the Royal Opera House at London’s Covent Garden. As a guest conductor, Pappano appeared with the Orchestre de Paris, the Chicago Sym. Orch., the Cleveland Orch., the Orch. of La Scala in Milan, the Berlin Phil., the Los Angeles Phil., the London Sym. Orch., and the Philharmonia Orch. in London.
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