British conductor Julia Jones made her Royal Opera debut in 2010 conducting Così fan tutte. She has since returned to conduct Die Zauberflöte and in the 2018/19 Season conducts Carmen.
Jones studied at Chetham’s School of Music, University of Bristol, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She began her career with Cologne Opera. She was Principal Conductor for Theater Basel 1998–2002 and Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and Chief Conductor at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon 2008–11. She is currently General Music Director of Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and Wuppertal Opera, and in this role has recently conducted a wide range of concerts and new productions of Luisa Miller, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel and Le nozze di Figaro.
Other engagements include Aida for Royal Swedish Opera, La traviata and Der fliegende Holländer for Norwegian National Opera, Die Zauberflöte for Seattle Opera, L’elisir d’amore for Opéra national du Rhin, Falstaff, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte and La Damnation de Faust for Frankfurt Opera, Lohengrin and Macbeth for the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Salzburg Festival, Le nozze di Figaro, Otello and La traviata for Berlin State Opera, Die Zauberflöte and La bohème for Vienna State Opera, Così fan tutte and Fidelio for Vienna Volksoper and Die Zauberflöte, Idomeneo and Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Semperoper Dresden. She has also conducted for companies including Opera Australia, Canadian Opera Company and Washington National Opera. In concert, she often devises programmes combining traditional core repertoire with lesser known and seldom performed pieces, and she has worked with ensembles including Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Dresden Staatskapelle.
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