Stuart Stratford, Conductor

Stuart Stratford was born in Preston and read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, studying conducting with David Parry and later at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire for three years with the legendary Ilya Musin. He was the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music giving performances of Jenufa in 1999 and Magic Flute in 2000. 

His opera engagement include: Don Giovanni for ENO; Pagliacci at Sadler’s Wells for Opera North; The Turn of the Screw, Falstaff and Pagliacci for English Touring Opera; La Boheme for the Raymond Gubbay Organisation with the RPO; Evgeny Onegin and The Queen of Spades for Opera Holland Park; Tobias and the Angel (Dove), Ion(Param Vir), Kantan (Goehr), L’altra Euridice (Dove), Ariadne (Langer) and The Embalmer (Batistelli) for the Almeida Opera Festival; Candide for Birmingham Opera Company. He was nominated for a Philharmonic Society award for his work as music director of Palace in the Sky (Dove). 

Recent engagements: Channel 4 film of Jonathan Mill's The Eternity Man in Australia, concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquestra Nacional de Porto, a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North, Jenufa for Opera Holland Park, The Enchanted Pig by Jonathan Dove for the Young Vic Theatre and a new opera for Welsh National Opera by Will Todd, concerts with the Manchester Camerata and the City of London Sinfonia

Current season/future plans: Iolanta and Katya Kabanova for Opera Holland Park, concerts with the City of London Sinfonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Guernsey SO, National Youth Orchestra, the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and a recording of Mercadante’s I normanni a Parigi for Opera Rara.