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Mark Elder



English conductor Mark Elder made his Royal Opera debut in 1976 conducting Rigoletto. Since 1995 he has appeared nearly every Season with The Royal Opera, in repertory including Linda di Chamounix in concert, Adriana Lecouvreur, Fidelio, The Tsar’s Bride, La bohème, Wozzeck, Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’Étoile and Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida (in concert).

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.

Selected opera engagements include Carmen for Paris Opéra, Samson et Dalila for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for San Francisco Opera, Falstaff for Glyndebourne Festival, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci for Dutch National Opera, Das Rheingold with the Hallé, Siegfried for Edinburgh International Festival, Der Freischütz at Southbank Centre and Semiramide for the BBC Proms. Elder was made a CBE in 1989 and received a knighthood in 2008 and was made a Companion of Honour in 2017.

News and features

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016
BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

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 L’Étoile — 'It's quite extraordinary'

1 February 2016
Watch: Mark Elder explores the music of <em>L’Étoile</em> — 'It's quite extraordinary'

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 L’Étoile

5 January 2016
Comedian Chris Addison to perform in The Royal Opera's <em>L’Étoile</em>

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.