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Mark Elder

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Mark Elder in rehearsal for Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2010

In the 2013/14 Season Mark Elder conducts Wozzeck for The Royal Opera. A former member of The Royal Opera’s music staff, Elder made his Royal Opera debut in 1976 conducting Rigoletto and since 1995 has appeared nearly every Season His recent performances with the Company include Linda di Chamounix in concert, Adriana Lecouvreur, Fidelio, The Tsar’s Bride and La bohème.

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. 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.

Opera forms a major part of Elder’s career, and he conducts a wide range of repertory, including in recent seasons Falstaff and Billy Budd (Glyndebourne), Tannhäuser (Paris Opéra) and Parsifal (BBC Proms). He is Artistic Director of Opera Rara, In 2012 Elder was Chair of the judging panel for BBC Two’s ‘Maestro at the Opera’. Elder was made a CBE in 1989 and received a knighthood in 2008. He lives in London and Manchester and is a passionate oenophile.

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