Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
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The Orchestra at the Santa Cecilia Hall
Former nameSymphony Orchestra of the Augusteo, Orchestra Stabile dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
LocationRome, Italy
Concert hallParco della Musica
Principal conductorAntonio Pappano

The Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia) is an Italian symphony orchestra based in Rome. Resident at the Parco della Musica, the orchestra primarily performs its Rome concerts in the Sala Santa Cecilia.


The orchestra was founded in 1908 as the first Italian orchestra to devote itself exclusively to symphonic repertoire. Bernardino Molinari was the orchestra's first music director, serving from 1912 to 1944. Subsequent music directors included Franco Ferrara (1944–1945), Fernando Previtali (1953–1973), and Igor Markevitch (1973–1975). The orchestra was noted for its recordings of Italian opera for the Decca label with such singers such as Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi under Tullio Serafin.[1] Thomas Schippers had been named the next music director to succeed Markevitch, but Schippers died in December 1977 before he could formally assume the post.[2] The music directorship of the orchestra remained vacant until 1983, with the advent of Giuseppe Sinopoli as music director. Sinopoli assisted in restoring the fortunes of the orchestra, and expanded the orchestra's repertoire to include Mahler and Bruckner.[1] Leonard Bernstein was the honorary president of the orchestra from 1983 until 1990.

Antonio Pappano became the orchestra's music director in 2005.[3] With Pappano, the orchestra has recorded commercially for EMI.[4][5] He is scheduled to conclude his tenure as music director of the orchestra in 2023 and subsequently to take the title of conductor emeritus.[6][7] Currently, Yuri Temirkanov has the title of honorary conductor of the orchestra. In July 2021, the orchestra announced the appointment of Jakub Hrůša as its next principal guest conductor, effective with the 2021-2022 season, with an initial contract of 3 seasons.[8]

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  1. ^ a b James Inverne (2011-11-22). "Secrets of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra's success". Gramophone. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  2. ^ Donal Henahan (1977-12-17). "Thomas Schippers Is Dead at 47; Conductor of Opera, Symphony". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  3. ^ Peter Conrad (2011-03-12). "Antonio Pappano: 'I didn't know what I was. Now I'm discovering my Italian roots.'". The Observer. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  4. ^ Tim Ashley (2007-02-22). "Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 4, 5 & 6, Orchestral of the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/ Pappano". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  5. ^ Andrew Clements (2015-10-07). "Verdi: Aida review – Pappano brings gorgeous colours and textures to a spectacular studio recording". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  6. ^ Mauro Mariani (2021-10-25). "Pappano direttore emerito di Santa Cecilia dall'ottobre del 2023". Giornale della Musica. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  7. ^ David Allen (2021-04-08). "After 24 Years, a Conductor Returns to the Met Opera". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  8. ^ "Jakub Hrůša announced as principal guest conductor of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia" (Press release). IMG Artists. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-12.

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