English conductor Mark Wigglesworth made his Royal Opera House debut in 1996 conducting Welsh National Opera’s production of The Rake’s Progress on the main stage. He has since returned to conduct Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2018/19 Season to conduct From the House of the Dead.
Wigglesworth has worked with many leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony. His opera performances include Lulu, Don Giovanni, Jenufa, The Magic Flute, The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Parsifal, Falstaff, and Katya Kabanova (ENO), Le nozze di Figaro (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Così fan tutte and Mitridate, re di Ponto (Bavarian State Opera), Peter Grimes, La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne) and Elektra and Tristan und Isolde (WNO). In 2017 he won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
His recordings include a cycle of Shostakovich symphonies with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Mahler’s Symphonies no.6 and no.10 with the Melbourne Symphony, Peter Grimes for Glyndebourne, and the Brahms Piano Concertos with Stephen Hough. He has written articles for The Guardian and The Independent, made a six-part TV series entitled Everything to Play For (BBC) and held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Music Director of English National Opera. His book The Silent Musician is published by Faber & Faber.
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Conductor Mark Wigglesworth and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice discuss the juxtaposition of music and text in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.