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Antonio Pappano, the longtime music director of the Royal Opera in London, has absorbed a few lessons from the theater. He knows that casting is critical. Consider the lineup for his Carnegie Hall debut, which stretched over Friday and Saturday evenings. There was the elite symphony orchestra that Mr. Pappano also leads: the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome. Joining them on Friday was the pianist Martha Argerich, in her first Carnegie Hall appearance in nine years.  Ms. Argerich received her first standing ovation merely for walking onto the stage to play Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 - one of the showpieces with which she established her legend. (Friday's concert was broadcast live over the radio and via the online streaming service medici.tv. The audio is available on wqxr.org; the video version will be free to view until early next year.)  Photo: Chris Lee

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