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Mark Elder

Conductor

Biography

English conductor Mark Elder made his Royal Opera debut in 1976 conducting Rigoletto as a member of The Royal Opera’s music staff. Since 1995 he has appeared nearly every Season with The Royal Opera as a freelance conductor, in repertory including Linda di Chamounix in concert, Adriana Lecouvreur, Fidelio, The Tsar’s Bride, La bohème, Wozzeck, Il barbiere di Siviglia and L’Étoile.

Elder studied music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. He went on to further training under Edward Downes and held a two-year post with Opera Australia 1972–4. He was Music Director of English National Opera 1979–93, conducting many much praised productions. He was appointed Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra in 2000. He appears regularly with the Hallé in Manchester and on tour, and has made many acclaimed recordings with the orchestra. Elder also works as a guest conductor with many of the world’s leading orchestras. He is a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and appears annually at the BBC Proms.

Elder conducts a wide operatic repertory, engagements including Falstaff, Billy Budd and La traviata (Glyndebourne), Tannhäuser (Paris Opéra) and Parsifal (BBC Proms). He is Artistic Director of the recording label Opera Rara. Elder was made a CBE in 1989 and received a knighthood in 2008.

Videos

News and features

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016

With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Watch: Mark Elder explores the music of <em>L’Étoile</em> — 'It's quite extraordinary'

Watch: Mark Elder explores the music of L’Étoile — 'It's quite extraordinary'

1 February 2016

The conductor explored the music of relatively unknown composer Emmanuel Chabrier with the help of two principal cast members.

Comedian Chris Addison to perform in The Royal Opera's <em>L’Étoile</em>

Comedian Chris Addison to perform in The Royal Opera's L’Étoile

5 January 2016

The British comedian will star in one of two additional roles in Mariame Clément’s production of Chabrier’s comic opera alongside French actor Jean-Luc Vincent.

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