Conductor and répétiteur Paul Wingfield was a member of The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–14. He made his Royal Opera House conducting debut with Mozart and Salieri during Meet the Young Artists Week 2012, and subsequently conducted El gato con botas in Meet the Young Artists Week 2013, two lunchtime concerts with Southbank Sinfonia and an excerpt from Die Zauberflöte and La Favorite Act I in the JPYAP summer performances. He also acted as assistant conductor on Carmen and joined the Royal Opera music staff for Die Walküre, Robert le diable, The Minotaur, La bohème, Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, Don Carlo, Gloriana, La rondine, Capriccio, Elektra, Parsifal, Don Giovanni, Turandot, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Le nozze di Figaro and Manon Lescaut. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to The Royal Opera to join the music staff on La bohème and to work on projects with the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation department.
Wingfield studied at Oxford University, where he was Organ Scholar at Lincoln College and conductor of the Oxford Philharmonia. He then trained as a répétiteur at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently at the National Opera Studio. Since leaving the Programme he has worked as a freelance répétiteur for English National Opera and as assistant conductor to Stephen Cleobury for Mid Wales Opera's production of Carmen.
As a pianist, Wingfield has played for masterclasses led by Gerald Finley at the Royal Opera House and Angela Gheorghiu at the Solti Academy in Italy. In 2003, he founded the Orchestra of the Royal Borough, and he has conducted the ensemble in performances of Ariadne auf Naxos and Hänsel und Gretel, alongside symphonic repertory. He was assistant conductor at Iford Arts where he conducted the first-ever Cover Concert and Schools' Show. He was musical director for The Opera Group on performances of Birtwistle’s Bow Down, including a performance at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2012.
News and features
2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists
19 July 2014
Opera’s next stars will take to the stage on Sunday 20 July for annual JPYA Summer performance.
9 May 2014
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1 April 2014
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Conductor Paul Wingfield and Repetiteur Jean-Paul Pruna in rehearsals for El gato con botas © ROH / Ruairi Watson 2013
Paul Wingfield in rehearsal for El gato con botas, Meet the Young Artists Week © ROH/Ruairi Watson, 2013
Conductor Paul Wingfield in rehearsal for El gato con botas © ROH / Ruairi Watson 2013
Paul Wingfield in rehearsals © ROH / Jihoon Kim
Paul Wingfield © ROH / Clive Barda