British conductor, répétiteur and pianist Richard Hetherington is on the music staff of The Royal Opera. For the Company he has conducted La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro and La sonnambula and has played continuo for several productions. In the 2015/16 Season he conducts La traviata.
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 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 enjoyed a special association with Richard Hickox and has assisted such conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Bertrand de Billy, Semyon Bychkov, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Charles Mackerras, Daniel Oren and Simon Rattle. He has played continuo with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2013 assisted Antonio Pappano on Don Carlo for the Salzburg Festival.
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 such singers as Peter Bronder, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Mark Padmore, Marina Poplavskaya, Robert Tear, John Tomlinson, Stefan Vinke, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Roderick Williams. 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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