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Spring Opera Showcase
Sat 14 May, 7pm
Due to Covid, Natalie Murray Beale has had to withdraw, but at exceedingly short notice Martin André has stepped into the breach.
Martin André – Music Director
Due to Covid, Natalie Murray Beale has had to withdraw, but at exceedingly short notice Martin André has stepped into the breach. Martin André has a very wide operatic repertoire, but is particularly known for his Janáček, Verdi and Mozart. He has the rare distinction of being the only conductor to have performed for all the major British opera companies, including Un Ballo in maschera (Royal Opera House), the U.K. premiere of Matthus’ Cornet Christoph Rilke and The Makropoulos Case (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Léhar, Mozart and Janáček (Scottish Opera), Prokofiev, Mozart, and the world premiere of John Buller’s Bakxai (English National Opera). He enjoyed a close relationship with Opera North, conducting many new productions by Falla, Gounod, Janáček, Lehár, Martinů, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Verdi. After learning the violin and piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he studied music at Cambridge University, and made his professional début conducting Aida for Welsh National Opera in 1982. Very soon he will reach the landmark of 40 years conducting operas and concerts in nearly 30 countries around the world!