June 2019 saw the launch of a new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle for Longborough Festival Opera with an enthusiastically received Das Rheingold to be followed in 2020 by Die Walküre. Earlier in 2019 Anthony conducted Der fliegende Holländer for Melbourne Opera to glowing reviews and audience reception. This comes in the wake of a very successful Holländer at Longborough Festival Opera in June 2018, as well as two earlier performances in Lübeck. Anthony made his Australian debut in 2018 with Tristan und Isolde, for which he was voted by Melbourne Critics Outstanding Conductor 2018 Independent Opera, and received the coveted Green Room Award in April 2019. He will return to Melbourne in 2020 to conduct Beethoven’s Fidelio and the 9th Symphony.
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; and Parsifal in Lübeck.
Since 2000 when he joined Longborough Festival Opera as Music Director, he has established himself as a perceptive conductor in the Wagner repertoire. 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.