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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, and The Royal Opera’s production of The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse. In the 2018/19 Season he conducts Solomon in concert for The Royal Opera.

Curnyn was born in Glasgow. He read music at York and studied harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He founded Early Opera Company in 1994. The company’s performances have included Giulio Cesare, Castor e Pollux, Serse (St John’s Smith Square), Orlando (South Bank Early Music Festival), Partenope (Buxton and Aldeburgh Proms) and tours of Flavio and Susanna. Curnyn has conducted works including Partenope, Castor and Pollux, Julius Caesar, Charpentier’s Medea and Rodelinda for English National Opera. Opera engagements elsewhere have included Castor et Pollux and Zoroastre, for Komische Oper Berlin, Idomeneo for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, Semele for Scottish Opera, Saul for Opera North, Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera, Le nozze di Figaro and Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for Grange Park Opera, Tolomeo for Glimmerglass Opera, Medea and Giasone for Chicago Opera Theater, Alcina, 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 Ensemble Resonanz, the Akadamie für Alte Musik Berlin, Academy of Ancient Music, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Handel Soloisten, Essen Philharmoniker, English Concert, the Hallé, Irish Baroque Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has made award-winning recordings of Semele, Partenope, Flavio, Serse, The Judgement of Paris (Eccles) and Acis and Galatea for Chandos, a Wigmore Live recording of Il trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno and a disc of Italian violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti for Decca.

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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.