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“My Opera Career has given me the chance of conducting masterworks across the entire repertoire: from the Italian baroque, most of Mozart’s stage works, the defining Operas of the 19th Century to the more contemporary of the 20th and 21st Century including Tobias Picker and Thomas Ades. I’m hoping that this experience will inspire candidates as we collaborate with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal to give world-class performances in front of a jury of great international talent.”
The British conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience in the field of Opera. Graeme Jenkins studied music at Cambridge University, conducting at the Royal College of Music with Norman Del Mar and David Willcocks. Straight from the Royal College of Music, he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-91). He then spent 20 years as Music Director of the Dallas Opera (1994-2013) and was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Koln Oper (1997-2002).
As Music Director in Dallas, he conducted 60 productions including the transition into Lord Foster’s Winspear Opera House, which he opened with Otello in 2009. Other highlights there include Wagner’s Ring cycle, Wozzeck, Ariodante, Boris, Pique Dame, and Tristan. Most recently he conducted Manon there in 2016. Elsewhere in North America, he has worked for Opera Theater St Louis, Glimmerglass and the Canadian Opera Company. Maestro Jenkins has conducted in all five continents with most of the leading orchestras.
Most recently, he conducted Kat’a Kabanova at the Vienna State Opera, his 187th operatic production of 116 different works. Earlier in 2017, he made his debut with the Lisbon Opera conducting Tristan and Peter Grimes. In August 2017, he was in Glasgow with the RNSO and the Chinese Soprano Li ping Zhang recording a CD of Verdi aria for DECCA. In 2018, he makes his debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in California in a Haydn, Mozart, Bartok set of concerts.
Because of his wide repertoire he has been at the helm of several Singing competition finals, notably Cardiff, Toulouse, ARD (Munich), Neue Stimme in 2015 and in 2017. Graeme Jenkins is also a Choral and Orchestral conductor, renowned for his interpretations of Mozart, Richard Strauss and Britten.