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  Conductors: Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson was born in the North-East of England and studied music at Oxford‚ where he was Organ Scholar of St. John’s College. He began his operatic career as Chorus Master at Glyndebourne‚ followed by several years as Resident Conductor and Head of Music Staff for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House. He then joined ENO as Assistant Music Director‚ where his repertoire includes The Mastersingers of NuremburgOtelloRigolettoCarmenOrfeoHansel & GretelThe Turn of the Screw‚ and all the major Mozart operas.

Recent and future plans include Mikado at ENO‚ FidelioLa WallyFalstaff‚ Wolf-Ferrari’s I Gioielli della Madonna and L’amore dei tre re with Opera Holland Park‚ The Rape of Lucretia and The Bartered Bride with British Youth Opera‚ a Triple Bill of La NavarraiseLe Portrait de Manon and Comedy on the Bridge at the Guildhall School as well as Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Academy of Music.

He is invited back to Australia regularly as guest conductor for all the major opera companies and symphony orchestras and recent performances have included AidaLucia di LammermoorLa Fanciulla del WestCosi fan tutte and Romeo & Juliette. He has also appeared in Canada‚ Mexico‚ Hong Kong and Italy and conducted for Scottish Opera‚ Kent Opera and Opera Factory London. For television he has conducted Jonathan Miller’s productions of The Mikado and Cosi fan tutte and‚ for Channel 4‚ The Marriage of Figaro.

In the concert hall‚ he has conducted most of the major British orchestras‚ including the LSO‚ LPO‚ RPO‚ Hallé and BBC Philharmonic‚ and appears regularly in concerts and broadcasts with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

During a long collaboration with Raymond Gubbay and David Freeman‚ Peter Robinson conducted Madam ButterflyToscaAida and Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall. In recent seasons he has appeared in concert with the Queensland‚ Royal Philharmonic‚ BBC Concert and Northern Sinfonia Orchestras. Most recent engagements include The Marriage of Figaro for West Australian Opera‚ Madam ButterflyRomeo and JulietAndrea ChenierLa bohémeTurandot and La Traviata with Opera Queensland‚ Die Zauberflöte with Opera Zuid in Holland‚Falstaff at Scottish Opera‚ La GiocondaUn Ballo in MascheraL’amore dei tre reRigolettoFidelioLuisa Miller and Andrea Chénier with Opera Holland Park‚ and Madam Butterfly and Carmen Royal Albert Hall.

He teaches and coaches singers regularly at the National Opera Studio‚ and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama‚ and is the Artistic Director of British Youth Opera with which company he has conducted recent productions of Albert HerringEugene OneginRoméo et JulietteThe Magic FluteThe Rape of LucretiaThe Rake’s Progress and La Boheme.

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