English conductor Mark Wigglesworth made his Royal Opera House debut in 1996 conducting Welsh National Opera’s production of The Rake’s Progress on the main stage. He has since returned to conduct Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for The Royal Opera.
Wigglesworth was born in Sussex and studied at Manchester University and the Royal Academy of Music. In 1989 he won the Kondrashin Conducting Competition, Amsterdam. He was Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra 1991–3, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 1996–2000, Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra 1998–2001 and Music Director of English National Opera 2015–16. He works regularly with many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Wigglesworth’s many opera credits include Lulu, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Parsifal and Kát’a Kabanová (ENO), Peter Grimes, La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne), Elektra, Tristan und Isolde and Così fan tutte (WNO), Wozzeck and Pelléas et Mélisande (La Monnaie, Brussels), Peter Grimes (Netherlands Opera and Opera Australia) and Le nozze di Figaro (Metropolitan Opera, New York). He won the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for conducting Don Giovanni and Lulu for ENO.
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Conductor Mark Wigglesworth and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice discuss the juxtaposition of music and text in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.