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Christian Curnyn



Christian Curnyn made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 conducting The Beggar’s Opera in the Linbury Studio Theatre. He has since conducted The Royal Opera’s productions of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo and Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe. In the 2017/18 Season he returns to conduct The Royal Opera’s production ofThe Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse.

Curnyn was born in Glasgow. He read music at York and studied harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has gone on to become one of the UK’s leading Baroque conductors. He founded the Early Opera Company in 1994. The company’s performances have included Agrippina (New York), Orlando (South Bank Early Music Festival), Partenope (Buxton and Aldeburgh festivals) and tours of Flavio and Susanna. Curnyn made his English National Opera debut in 2008 conducting Partenope and has since returned to conduct After Dido (Katie Mitchell’s realization of Dido and Aeneas), Rameau’s Castor and Pollux, Julius Caesar and Charpentier’s Medea. Opera engagements elsewhere have included Semele and Tamerlano for Scottish Opera, Saul for Opera North, Le nozze di Figaro and Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for Grange Park Opera, Così fan tutte for New York City Opera, Tolomeo for Glimmerglass Opera, Platée and The Fairy Queen for Stuttgart Opera and Cavalli’s La Calisto and Gluck’s Ezio for Frankfurt Opera.

On the concert platform Curnyn has worked with orchestras including the Hallé, Ulster Orchestra, English Concert, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has made award-winning recordings of Semele and Partenope for Chandos, for which he has also recorded Eccles’s The Judgement of Paris and Serse.

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The Royal Opera to stage L'Orfeo in collaboration with the Roundhouse in January 2015

26 March 2014
The Royal Opera to stage L'Orfeo in collaboration with the Roundhouse in January 2015

A Michael Boyd-directed production of Monteverdi's opera will be staged at the Camden venue.