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Richard Baker



British composer and conductor Richard Baker made his Royal Opera House debut in 2012 conducting The Lighthouse for English Touring Opera in the Linbury Studio Theatre. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 conducting Elspeth Brooke’s The Commission and Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka, and has since returned to conduct the world premieres of Matt Rogers’s The Virtues of Things and Philip Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis.

Baker was born in the West Midlands. He studied at Oxford University and studied composition in the Netherlands with Louis Andriessen and in London with John Woolrich. He was appointed Consultant Music Director of Music Theatre Wales in 2017. Opera conducting engagements include Barry’s The Intelligence Park in Dublin and a double programme of Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno and Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit for Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe. He has conducted such orchestras and ensembles as BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia, Composers Ensemble and Apartment House.

Baker was New Music Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge 2001–03. His compositions include Slow passage, low prospect for Aldeburgh Festival, Hommagesquisse, The Tyranny of Fun (shortlisted for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Award) and Hwyl fawr ffrindiau for BCMG and Gaming for the trio Real Quiet.

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Opera Essentials: The Virtues of Things

29 April 2015
Opera Essentials: The Virtues of Things

Our quick guide to this world premiere from composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O'Reilly, a co-commission between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North.