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
, Romeo et Juliette
In 1984 he returned to England to become chorusmaster for English National Opera, where his performances included Rigoletto
, Eugene Onegin
, the Mikado
, 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
and Don Giovanni
As Principal Conductor for Carl Rosa Opera, he has conducted The Merry Widow
, the Mikado
, The Yeomen of the Guard
, 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
He is on the Board of OperaCoast.
Martin is also a presenter for BBC Radio 3.