TARANTARA CREATIVE TEAM

WILLIAM RELTON - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


William Relton made his stage debut in 1971 as The Winslow Boy opposite Kenneth Moore. He acted extensively on stage and TV until the early '90s, including work at the Royal National Theatre, the title role in Candide at the Edinburgh Festival, Hamlet and Marco in The Gondoliers in Nottingham, Lysander at Regent’s Park, and leads in many musicals, including Ralph in HMS Pinafore in Dublin, Manchester and The Old Vic, as well as a cameo role in the film Slumdog Millionaire.

In 1991 William joined Music Theatre London as lead tenor and Executive Producer.

In 1993 he directed his first production, Così fan tutte for MTL and since then has worked primarily as an opera director. Recently, however, William also played the Haushofmeister in Ariadne at Glyndebourne and Frankfurt.

William directs regularly at many major European houses, including Nice, Darmstadt, Tallin and Drottningholm, as well as ENO plus many other companies in the UK. William has also directed in most of the opera academies in Britain and Scandinavia.

Until recently, he was Artistic Director at West Green House Opera where he directed La traviata, Il mondo della luna and La serva padrona.




 

MARTIN HANDLEY - MUSICAL DIRECTOR


Martin Handley was born in Oxford, and studied at Cambridge University. He worked for six years in German Opera Houses, then for Kent Opera, before joining the Australian Opera as chorusmaster and conductor in 1981, where he conducted The Barber of Seville, Trittico, Romeo et Juliette and Falstaff.

In 1984 he returned to England to become chorusmaster for English National Opera, where his performances included Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, the Mikado, Carmen, Aida, The Pearlfishers, Cav and Pag, La traviata, The Love for Three Oranges, and Billy Budd.

He left ENO to become freelance in 1990. As well as symphonic work with the BBC Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, he has guest conducted with D’Oyly Carte, Travelling Opera, Central Festival Opera, Castleward Opera and Grange Park Opera, and was principal conductor for Crystal Clear Opera.

Abroad he has conducted in Germany, France and the USA, where he led tours for London City Opera of Die Fledermaus and The Magic Flute.

In 1997, he was appointed head of music and House conductor at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, where he conducted Falstaff, Tosca and Don Giovanni.

As Principal Conductor for Carl Rosa Opera, he has conducted The Merry Widow, the Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard, Iolanthe, Patience, HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance, travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as on tour in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and Canada.

He is a guest coach with the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In 2013 he was appointed music director for Co-Opera Co. and conducted Il tabarro, Madama Butterfly and The Cunning Little Vixen for them.

He is on the Board of OperaCoast.

Martin is also a presenter for BBC Radio 3.