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Sian Edwards



British conductor Sian Edwards made her Royal Opera debut in 1988 conducting The Knot Garden. She has since returned to conduct Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly and the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth. In the 2017/18 Season she conducts the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline.

Edwards studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, with Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatory, and with Charles Groves and Neeme Järvi. She won first prize in the 1984 Leeds Conductors’ Competition. She made her opera conducting debut in 1986 with Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny for Scottish Opera and her Glyndebourne Festival debut the following year with La traviata. In 1988 she conducted the world premiere of Turnage’s Greek (Munich Biennale). She was Music Director of English National Opera 1993–5. Further opera engagements include The Tempest and The Queen of Spades (Frankfurt Opera), A Night at the Chinese Opera, The Rake’s Progress and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Scottish Opera), La traviata(Theater an der Wien), Eugene Onegin (ENO), Jenufa (WNO), the world premiere of Gefors’s Clara (Opéra-Comique), La Damnation de Faust (Finnish National Opera), Goeyvaerts’s Aquarius (Opera Vlaanderen) and Kát’a Kabanová (Opera Holland Park).

Edwards has conducted ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic and all the UK’s leading orchestras. She is Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.

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