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Anthony Negus

Anthony Negus studied at the Royal College of Music, Christ Church, Oxford and London Opera Centre. Between 1970 and 1974 he was a member of the music staff in Wuppertal and Hamburg and musical assistant at Bayreuth. He joined Welsh National Opera in 1976. A Wagner enthusiast since his youth, he assisted Sir Reginald Goodall in productions of Die Walküre, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal and conducted performances of Fidelio, The Greek Passion, Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, and Parsifal. Assisting Sir Charles Mackerras from 1987, he conducted all Mozart’s operas from Idomeneo to La clemenza di Tito. Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Die Frau ohne Schatten also feature in his repertoire, as does Tristan und Isolde. In 1992 he assisted Pierre Boulez in a production of Pelléas et Mélisande, and more recently has conducted Leonore, Kát’a Kabanová, Khovanshchina, Il trovatore, Wozzeck, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, and Parsifal. For the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he has conducted Albert Herring, Le nozze di Figaro, and Suor Angelica, among others. Between 2000 and 2004 he conducted the shortened City of Birmingham Touring Opera’s Ring Cycle, with Brian Bannatyne Scott and, from 2003, Sir Donald McIntyre as Wotan, for Longborough Festival Opera, and also for the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, directed by Jonathan Eaton. He then launched a projected cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen at Longborough with Das Rheingold (2007 – 08), directed by Alan Privett. Recently Anthony Negus has conducted excerpts of Fidelio in concert and Act I of Die Walküre at Longborough, and assisted Vladimir Jurowski in a production of Tristan und Isolde at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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