Christian Curnyn Conductor

Christian Curnyn  has emerged as one of the UK’s leading conductors specialising in the Baroque and Classical repertoire. After reading Music at the University of York, he took postgraduate studies on the harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 1994 Christian Curnyn founded the Early Opera Company (www.earlyopera.com) and their notable Handel performances have included Agrippina in New York, Ariodante for the BOC Covent Garden Festival, Orlando for the South Bank Centre Early Music Festival, Partenope for Buxton and Aldeburgh Festivals, and national tours of Flavio and Susanna. EOC appears annually at Wigmore Hall and has appeared in concert at the Cheltenham Festival, Spitalfields Festival, York Early Music Festival, and Lufthansa Festival. In 2010 they performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the  BBC Proms.

In the UK Christian has conducted productions with Scottish Opera including Semele and a new production of Handel’s Tamerlano, Handel’s Saul for Opera North, Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Le nozze di Figaro, Semele and Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for Grange Park Opera, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Handel’s Orlando and Alcina for Opera Theatre Company, Dublin and Handel’s Jephtha for the Halle Handel Festival.

In 2008 Christian Curnyn made his hugely successful debut with English National Opera in a new production of Handel’s Partenope. He has returned to ENO for After Dido, Katie Mitchell’s realization of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Barrie Kosky’s Olivier Award winning production of Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda and Charpentier’s Medée.

In the USA Christian Curnyn has worked with New York City Opera in productions of Partenope and Cosi fan tutte, Glimmerglass Opera in Handel’s Tolomeo and Chicago Opera Theater in Cavalli’s Giasone and Charpentier’s Medée.

Elsewhere he has worked with Opera Australia (Partenope), Landestheater Salzburg (Vivaldi’s Farnace and Handel’s Ariodante) Frankfurt Opera (Cavalli’s La Calisto and Gluck’s Ezio), Komische Oper Berlin (Rameau’s Castor et Pollux) and Stuttgart Opera (Rameau’s Platée).  He conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Aldeburgh as part of the Britten centenary celebrations.

Future plans include Cavalli’s L’Ormindo for The Royal Opera Covent Garden at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen for Stuttgart Opera.

On the concert platform, Christian has conducted the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, English Concert, Wroclaw Baroque orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra. He toured the UK  with  the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and  Nicola Benedetti followed by a recording on the Decca label. Future plans include concerts with the Essen Philharmoniker and the Hallé Orchestra.

His recording of Partenope for Chandos won widespread critical acclaim and his recording of Semele was chosen as a Best Recording of 2008 by The Sunday Times, Editors Choice in Gramophone Magazine and was awarded the 2008 Stanley Sadie Handel Prize. Releases on the Chandos label  include Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris, (awarded a Diapason D’or), The Beggar’s Opera and Handel’s Alceste which won  the Opera  award in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013.  Recordings of Handel’s Flavio (Chandos), Il Trionfo del Tempo (Wigmore Live) and Handel’s Serse have also been released to enthusiastic press acclaim.

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Medea
English National Opera

“All credit to the chorus too, and to the conductor Christian Curnyn, who gave the music swagger and bounce.” Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, February 2013
Medea
English National Opera

“…supported by an orchestra that sounds more naturally attuned to baroque style than the imported period bands proliferating elsewhere. That’s not just because ENO’s ensemble has mastered the instruments, but also because it knows how to follow singers. Under Christian Curnyn, the sound blossoms in the tricky Coliseum acoustic, with ravishing recorder accompaniments.” Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, February 2013
Medea
English National Opera

“None of it would work half as well, though, without Christian Curnyn, whose exquisite conducting is near-perfect. Unmissable.” Tim Ashley, The Guardian, February 2013
Julius Caesar
English National Opera

“Christian Curnyn’s conducting, as one might expect, is wonderfully passionate.” Tim Ashley, The Guardian, October 2012
Julius Caesar
English National Opera, October 2012

“No argument, however, about the stylish orchestral playing under Christian Curnyn’s superb direction”

Richard Morrison, The Times, October 2012
Julius Caesar
English National Opera

“…with the singers and conductor Christian Curnyn on such wondrous form, there is nothing to beat the musical output.”

Barry Millington, The Evening Standard, October 2012

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