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Christian Curnyn

Conductor

Biography

Scottish conductor Christian Curnyn made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 conducting The Beggar's Opera in the Linbury Studio Theatre. In 2014 he conducted The Royal Opera's production of L'Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, which he returns to conduct in the 2014/15 Season.

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 leading baroque opera conductors working in the UK. He founded the Early Opera Company in 1994. The company's notable performances since 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, Castor and Pollux, Julius Caesar and Medea. Opera engagements elsewhere have included Semele and Tamerlano for Scottish Opera, Saul for Opera North, Le nozze di Figaro and Eliogabalo for Grange Park Opera, Così fan tutte for New York City Opera, Tolomeo for Glimmerglass Opera, Platée for Stuttgart Opera and 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 whom he has also recorded Eccles’s The Judgement of Paris and Handel’s Serse.