Anthony Negus

Conductor

Die Walküre dominates Anthony’s year: after Longborough he joins ENO’s team for The Valkyrie and will conduct a performance in December. A return to Melbourne Opera follows in February 2022, after Das Rheingold earlier this year, continuing an association that began in 2018 with Tristan und Isolde (Green Room Award for Best Conductor) and continued with Der fliegende Holländer (2019) and Fidelio (2020).

Over many years at Longborough, he has established himself as a highly perceptive and sensitive conductor of Wagner, exemplified by the highly acclaimed Ring cycles in 2013, Tannhauser (2016), Tristan und Isolde (2015 & 2017) and Der fliegende Holländer (2018). He has also conducted Mozart and R. Strauss there (The Magic Flute, 2017 and Ariadne auf Naxos in 2018). In 2017 The London Wagner Society presented him with the Reginald Goodall Award for his devotion to the works of Richard Wagner.

His guest appearances have included Lübeck for Parsifal, Holländer, Glyndebourne for a performance of Die Meistersinger (2011) and Wellington Festival for two semi-staged performances of Parsifal (2006). 

The heart of Anthony’s career was the 35 years with Welsh National Opera as a member of the music staff, working as répétiteur and later as assistant conductor with Music Directors Richard Armstrong and Charles Mackerras.

Particular highlights were Tristan, Parsifal, The Valkyrie with Goodall, Pelleas with Pierre Boulez, and conducting Parsifal in 1983.

Over the years he has conducted more than 150 performances of a wide repertoire for WNO: Beethoven, Berg, Gluck, Janacek, MacMillan The Sacrifice (BBC broadcast, released on Chandos), Martinu, Mussorgsky, Richard Strauss, Verdi, Wagner, Weber, and  especially Mozart – all of his mature operas including some 60 performances of Le nozze di Figaro alone.

Born near Buckingham, Anthony went to Stowe School and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he flourished as a clarinettist. He read music at Christ Church Oxford, and gained opera conducting and répétiteur experience at the Else Mayer-Lismann Opera Workshop and the London Opera Centre. He studied conducting with Franco Ferrara in Sienna, and with George Hurst in the UK. In the 1970s he made his conducting debut in Wuppertal with d’Albert’s Tiefland, and worked at Bayreuth and Hamburg.