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Peter Selwyn

Peter studied Modern Languages at Cambridge and piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. He has conducted around 50 operas, including Peter Grimes, Rigoletto, Traviata, Boheme, Carmen, Hänsel und Gretel, Iphigenie en Tauride, Orfeo and the major Mozart operas at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, where he spent 6 years as Head of Music and Kapellmeister. Other opera engagements abroad include Salome for the Singapore Lyric Opera. For UK companies he has conducted Carmen (WNO), Fidelio, Romeo et Juliette (Opera North), Jenufa, Cenerentola, The Emperor of Atlantis (ETO), Hänsel und Gretel, La Rondine (Opera Holland Park), Madam Butterfly, Die Zauberflöte (European Chamber Opera), Rape of Lucretia (European Opera Centre), Treemonisha (Pegasus Opera) and Don Giovanni (Pimlico Opera). As symphonic conductor he has worked with the Wiener Symphoniker, Nürnberger Philharmoniker and the Orchestra dell’ Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as well as with numerous UK orchestras including City of London Sinfonia, Orchestras of Opera North and WNO and the Southbank Sinfonia.

As assistant conductor he worked for three seasons on the centenary Ring Cycle at Bayreuth, on Death in Venice at the Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals, at Glyndebourne and at the Hamburg, Strasbourg and Oslo opera houses. He began his career on the music staff at ENO before moving to the ROH, where he continues to work as a guest. He is co-founder and an Artistic Director of the Internationales Kammermusikfestival Nürnberg for whom he has conducted Rape of Lucretia, Turn of the Screw, Owen Wingrave, Noye´s Fludde, Dido and Aeneas, Soldier´s Tale and two world premieres - das babylonexperiment by Matthew King and Schau nicht zurück, Orfeo by Stefan Hakenberg.

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Faculties / departments: RCM International Opera School


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