British conductor Ivor Bolton made his Royal Opera debut in 1995 conducting the world premiere of Goehr’s Arianna. He has since conducted Giulio Cesare (in concert at the Barbican), Don Giovanni, Iphigénie en Tauride, La Calisto, Tamerlano and Le nozze di Figaro for The Royal Opera. Bolton is currently Music Director of Teatro Real, Madrid, and of Basel Symphony Orchestra, and Chief Conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra. In 2018/19 he conducts Billy Budd for The Royal Opera.
Bolton studied at Clare College, Cambridge, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He has conducted opera for many major companies throughout Europe, and has a particularly close relationship with Bavarian State Opera, for which his credits include Die Zauberflöte, La Calisto, L’Orfeo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Le nozze di Figaro. Other engagements include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Salzburg Festival), Armide, Jephtha and Le nozze di Figaro (Dutch National Opera), Orontea (Frankfurt), The Turn of the Screw (Berlin State Opera), Saul (Glyndebourne Festival) and Rodelinda, Alceste, Lucio Silla, Le nozze di Figaro, Das Liebesverbot, Le Coq d’or, Billy Budd, Gloriana and Saariaho’s Only the sound remains (Teatro Real).
Bolton was Chief Conductor (2004–16) and is now Conductour Laureate of the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg. He has also worked with such orchestras as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. His awards include the Bayerische Theaterpreis for his work in Munich.
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