One of today’s most sought-after conductors, Sir Antonio Pappano has been music director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005; he has also been music director of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, since 2002. Acclaimed for his charismatic leadership and inspirational performances in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, he was nurtured as a pianist, répétiteur, and assistant conductor at many of the most important opera houses in Europe and North America, including the Bayreuth Festival, where he was a musical assistant to Daniel Barenboim, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Mr. Pappano made debuts at the Vienna State Opera in 1993, at the Metropolitan Opera in 1997, and at the Bayreuth Festival in 1999. He has conducted many of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic; the Chicago, Boston, and London symphony orchestras; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; the Berliner Philharmoniker; and the Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. He has worked at the San Francisco Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, and Staatsoper Berlin, and recently made operatic debuts at the Salzburg Festival (Don Carlo) and Teatro alla Scala (Les Troyens).
Highlights of the 2018–2019 season and beyond include Wagner’s complete Ring cycle, as well as productions of Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Verdi’s La forza del destino and Otello at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mr. Pappano also performs with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and appears at London’s Wigmore Hall as a pianist with baritone Matthias Goerne.
Mr. Pappano records exclusively for Warner Classics. His discography features numerous complete operas, as well as many orchestral recordings with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and other ensembles. As a pianist, Mr. Pappano appears as an accompanist with some of the most celebrated singers, including Joyce DiDonato, Gerald Finley, and Ian Bostridge. He has also partnered on recordings that include operatic recitals with Nina Stemme, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, and Jonas Kaufmann; chamber recitals with Ms. DiDonato, Mr. Bostridge, and Barbara Bonney; and concerto performances with Leif Ove Andsnes, Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Jan Lisiecki, and Beatrice Rana.
Sir Antonio Pappano by Musacchio & Ianniello / EMI Classics
Born in County Durham, Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a fellow. She was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours, having previously been made a CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours. In 2011, she was honored by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award. She is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.
Highlights in her 2018–2019 season include Fricka in Das Rheingold at Covent Garden and the Teatro Real in Madrid and Die Walküre at Covent Garden. Her concert engagements include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski), his Symphony No. 8 with the Wiener Symphoniker (Philippe Jordan), Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Orchestre national de France (Jukka-Pekka Saraste), and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Orchestre de Paris (Thomas Adès). This season, Ms. Connolly also curates a residency at Wigmore Hall and gives recitals at the Schubertíada a Vilabertran, Royal Concertgebouw, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro de la Zarzuela, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In coming seasons, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Teatro Real, and English National Opera.
Past highlights have included Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde (Covent Garden, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Glyndebourne Festival, Gran Teatro del Liceu); Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Clairon in Capriccio (Metropolitan Opera); the title role in Giulio Cesare and Gertrude in the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Glyndebourne Festival); the title role in Ariodante (Vienna State Opera); and many others. She has performed with many world-class orchestras and conductors, and appeared at numerous festivals and the BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a memorable guest soloist on the Last Night.
Ms. Connolly is committed to new music, with world premiere performances that include Judith Bingham’s The Colour of Fire (Two Moors Festival), Torsten Rasch’s A Welsh Night (Three Choirs Festival), Gareth Farr’s Relict Furies (Edinburgh Festival), Jonathan Harvey’s Songs of Li Po (Aldeburgh Festival), and Sir John Tavener’s Tribute to Cavafy (Symphony Hall, Birmingham) and Gnosis (BBC Proms).
Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards and the 2018 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Ms. DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry as both a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts. She has gained international prominence performing the operas of Handel and Mozart and the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti, as well as through her wide-ranging and acclaimed discography.
Much in demand on the concert and recital stage, Ms. DiDonato has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, appeared as guest soloist at the BBC Proms, and toured extensively to the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, and extensive touring with Il Pomo d’Oro under Maxim Emelyanychev, as well as recitals with the Brentano String Quartet at Wigmore Hall and with Antonio Pappano at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
The 2018–2019 season sees Ms. DiDonato’s first staged performance of Didon in Les Troyens at the Vienna State Opera, as well as Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera and Agrippina in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro. She also performs at the BBC Proms, in Hamburg with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, at Carnegie Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Mr. Nézet-Séguin, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Mr. Muti, the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Mr. Pappano, and Il Pomo d’Oro under Mr. Emelyanychev on a tour to Moscow and Asia.
Ms. DiDonato is an exclusive recording artist with Erato / Warner Classics. Her most recent release, Les Troyens, won the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the complete opera recording category at the 2018 International Opera Awards, and is nominated in the opera category at this year’s Gramophone Awards.
Joyce DiDonato by Simon Pauly
Highly acclaimed for her passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty, multiple Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage.
In repertoire that spans Vivaldi to Mozart to Nico Muhly, Ms. Leonard has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera. She has starred in such roles as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Charlotte (Werther), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Costanza (Griselda), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), the title role in La Périchole, and Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare.
Ms. Leonard has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time, including James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézét-Seguin, Franz Welser-Möst, Plácido Domingo, Edward Gardner, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Michele Mariotti, Harry Bicket, Andris Nelsons, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. She most recently won Grammy Awards (Best Opera Recording) for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges recorded with Seiji Ozawa on Decca, and Thomas Adès’s The Tempest with the Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon. She is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on the Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees.
Ms. Leonard is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award. She has also joined supporters of the Prostate Cancer Foundation to lend her voice in honor of her father, who died from the disease when she was in college.
James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Deanna Tham, Assistant Conductor
Alex Kerr, Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Kerri Ryan, Assistant Principal Viola, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Susan Babini, Principal Cello, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Ali Yazdanfar, Principal Bass, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Seth Morris, Principal Flute, The MET Orchestra
Jennifer Gunn, Piccolo and Flute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Peters, Associate Principal Oboe and English Horn, North Carolina Symphony
Pedro Díaz, Solo English Horn, The MET Orchestra
Jonathan Gunn, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, The University of Texas at Austin
Ricardo Morales, Principal Clarinet, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Carin Miller Packwood, Principal Bassoon, Oregon Symphony
Holly Blake, Contrabassoon and Bassoon, The Philadelphia Orchestra
David Cooper, Principal Horn, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Billy Hunter, Principal Trumpet, The MET Orchestra
Tage Larsen, Fourth/Utility Trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
James Markey, Bass Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Austin Howle, Principal Tuba, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpani, The MET Orchestra
Leonardo Soto, Principal Timpani, Houston Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Jones, Principal Percussion, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony
Nancy Allen, Principal Harp, New York Philharmonic
Jessica Zhou, Principal Harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Eric Huebner, Principal Piano, New York Philharmonic
Raymond Nagem, Associate Director of Music and Organist, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Additional faculty members to be confirmed.
Please note that the faculty list is subject to change.