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Richard Hetherington

Biography

British conductor, répétiteur and pianist Richard Hetherington is on the music staff of The Royal Opera. For the Company he has conducted Le nozze di Figaro and La sonnambula and has played continuo for several productions.

Hetherington made his Royal Opera debut as a treble in 1981, singing the title role in the world premiere of Henze's Pollicino and returning in 1982 to sing Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande). He later studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. Hetherington enjoyed a special association with the late Richard Hickox and has worked with companies including Netherlands Opera and Opera Australia and at the Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms, Salzburg, Vienna and St Endellion festivals. He has assisted many leading conductors including Andrew Davis, Rattle, Bychkov, Elder, Oren, Harding, De Billy, Albrecht, Mackerras and the late Colin Davis. He has played continuo with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2013 assisted Antonio Pappano at the Salzburg Festival's new production of Don Carlo.

As a conductor Hetherington's engagements have included Rachmaninoff's Vespers (Spoleto Festival), Le nozze di Figaro (Aix-en-Provence) and Phaedra with Alice Coote and the Britten Sinfonia (Wigmore Hall). An accomplished and regular recitalist, Hetherington has performed with singers including Renée Fleming, John Tomlinson, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Juan Diego Flórez, Marina Poplavskaya, Peter Bronder, Roderick Williams, Mark Padmore, Stefan Vinke and the late Robert Tear. His performances are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Hetherington is Artistic and Music Director of The COR (Concert, Opera, Recital).

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