American conductor William Spaulding is Chorus Director of the Royal Opera Chorus. He was appointed at the start of the 2016/17 Season.
Spaulding was born in Washington. He studied piano at the University of Maryland and conducting at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. He began his career in Germany and in 1997 was appointed Associate Chorus Master of Vienna Volksoper. He went on to become Principal Chorus Master of Liceu, Barcelona, for five years before being appointed Principal Chorus Master and Kapellmeister of Deutsche Oper Berlin. During his tenure the chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin was named Chorus of the Year in the Opernwelt Awards (2008, 2009 and 2010), won the 2012 European Chorus Prize from Foundation ‘Pro Europa’ and in 2014 were nominated in the International Opera Awards. The chorus also performed at the BBC Proms in Verdi’s Requiem and Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles. Spaulding has also worked with symphony choruses, including the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, the RIAS Kammerchor and at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
As an orchestral and opera conductor Spaulding’s repertory includes La traviata, Carmen, Nabucco and Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem, Symphonie de psaumes and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, for orchestras and companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Volksoper, Mannheim National Theatre, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Mainfranken Theater Würzburg.
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