Stratford, Stuart

Stuart Stratford becomes Music Director of Scottish Opera on 1 June 2015. His recent and future engagements include Bright Sparks Concerts London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Nutcracker Scottish Ballet, concerts with City of London Sinfonia, Jenůfa Scottish Opera, The Barber of Seville Opera North, Trittico Opera Holland Park and The Rake’s Progress Finnish National Opera.

Recent concert work has included performances with Sinfonia Viva, concerts at the International Music Festival in Cartagena with the City of London Sinfonia, Musica Aeterna in Perm, Russia, and a series of family and ‘Funharmonics’ concerts at the Barbican, Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls with London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recent opera engagements include Khovanschina Birmingham Opera Company, Glass’s Satyagraha and Calixto Bieito’s production of Don Giovanni English National Opera; Doctor Atomic Finnish National Opera; Un ballo in maschera Theater St. Gallen; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter Opera North; and Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, La fanciulla del West, Jenůfa , Iolanta, Katya Kabanova, La forza del destino, L’amico Fritz, Rigoletto, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Opera Holland Park. He conducted The Turn of the Screw, Falstaff and Pagliacci for English Touring Opera, La bohème Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall, Sibelius’ The Maiden in the Tower, Orfeo ed Euridice and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchei the Immortal Buxton Festival, Candide Birmingham Opera Company.

Stuart has conducted several premieres at the Almeida Opera Festival: Tobias and the Angel (Dove), Ion (Param Vir), Kantan (Goehr), L’altra Euridice (Dove), Ariadne (Langer) and The Embalmer (Batistelli).

Recordings include Mercadante’s I Normanni a Parigi (Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Rara) and the joint Channel 4 and Australian Broadcasting Corporation film opera, The Eternity Man (Australian Chamber Orchestra).

Stuart read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, studying conducting with David Parry and later in Russia, at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire with Ilya Aleksandrovich Musin. He was the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1999 and 2000, and was Music Director of Tête à Tête Opera.