Anthony Negus studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music London, and gained a music degree at Oxford University. He worked in Germany as music assistant for several years, in Wuppertal, Hamburg and Bayreuth, before joining the music staff of Welsh National Opera (WNO) where he conducted many opera performances.
His repertoire includes Beethoven (Leonore and Fidelio), Gluck, Mozart, Richard Strauss (Elektra, Ariadne, Die Frau ohne Schatten) and Wagner (Tristan und Isolde, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal), operas by Janáček, Martinu, Alban Berg, and James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice which was recorded on Chandos. He recently conducted Lulu in Bolzano, Italy; a Welsh L'elisir d'amore for Opra Cymru; Der fliegende Holländer in Lubeck, Germany; and Tristan und Isolde for Melbourne Opera, where he plans to return for Der fliegende Holländer in 2019.
Since 2000 when he joined Longborough Festival Opera as Music Director, he has established himself as a perceptive conductor in the Wagner repertoire: building towards an acclaimed Ring cycle in 2013, Tristan und Isolde in 2015 and Tannhäuser in 2016. In Wellington NZ he conducted Parsifal, at Glyndebourne a performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and for WNO, Le nozze di Figaro. Concert work includes Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert (9th Symphony), Richard Strauss, Wagner and Weber.
In March 2017 he was presented by the Wagner Society of Great Britain with the Sir Reginald Goodall Memorial award for services to Wagner, joining a number of distinguished Wagnerians. Future plans include Das Rheingold in 2019 as the beginning of Longborough's new Ring cycle.