Chronology – Alistair Dawes

Career Resume Highlights: (As Conductor, unless noted otherwise)

Present  – includes:

  • Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, ROH Covent Garden and with various Training Programmes overseas. [Since 2008]
  • Music Director of the charity InterOpera; Board of Directors includes Sir Thomas Allen and Nicholas Payne (Director Opera Europa.) [Since 2004]

2007 – present

  • Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma, Fidenza, Lugo, Cremona and Piacenza; Repertoire: piano and violin concertos and symphonic works from Mozart to Stravinsky.
  • Concerts: Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Dennis O’Neill; Ireland: RTÉ Concert Orchestra
  • Concert: Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Gardar Cortes; Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavik
  • New Zealand Opera: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE; Peter Hall/Gerald Scarfe/ Los Angeles opera (Debut)
  • DON GIOVANNI : Young Artists’ Programme, Pretoria (Also: role preparation)
  • Tokyo:  Young Artists Programme: New National Theatre
  • Concert Series: Mozart Piano and Violin Concertos in Piacenza (Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini)
  • UK Tour RIGOLETTO; InterOpera (Producer: Harry Fehr/Jeffrey Black/Paul Hudson/Richard Coxon/Penelope Randall-Davis )

2005 – 2006

  • Opera North  MANON (Conducting début)
  • DON GIOVANNI  Grand Theatre, Leeds, on tour and in Belfast
  • Chamber Orchestra and soloists WAR REQUIEM  Teatro Regio, Parma premiere (Bartoletti)  
  • PETER GRIMES  Lievi: Tierney, Burrell/Vacik, Holland; Teatro Comunale Modena, Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia; Teatro Comunale Ferrara
  • Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini:  Mozart Mendelssohn Series; Fidenza, Salsomaggiore – Italia

2002 – 2004

  • Paris Opéra Bastille; Graham Vick production: PETER GRIMES; Musical consultant
  • Buxton Festival: World Premiere  THE BLACKENED MAN  (Todd); also at Gala Theatre, Durham; following workshop production -Linbury Studio, ROH
  • Opera North: Consultant/Assistant to new MD Richard Farnes (TOSCA); coach for DAMNATION DE FAUST (ON); Grand Theatre , Leeds
  •  Shostakovich Symphony N° 8, Mozart “Jupiter” Symphony, Beethoven  Symphony No 1.: Northumberland/Tyne centres

1999 – 2001

  • Florence – Teatro Goldoni-  THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (D. Abbado); Conducting début
  • TOSCA (UK),  London Opera Players
  • Finnish National Opera : PETER GRIMES
  • Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova; assistant conductor/solo pianist; DEATH IN VENICE (Bartoletti/Pizzi/Hadley); début
  • Teatro Comunale, Firenze; assistant conductor DEATH IN VENICE
  • Concerts Cork/Dublin; conducting José Cura; RTÉ National Concert Orchestra
  • TOSCA and HÄNSEL UND GRETEL (UK Tour); London Opera Players

1998 – 1999

  • Finnish National Opera- conductor PETER GRIMES; début
  • CAPRICCIO; Glyndebourne Festival Opera – personal coach/prompt Dame Kiri te Kanawa
  • José Cura; National Symphony Orchestra; Dublin
  • PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE , Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Assistant to Sir Andrew Davis

1996 – 1998

  • ROH Covent Garden: COSI FAN TUTTE (Jonathan Miller)
  • RIGOLETTO -Deutsche Oper am Rhein; German conducting début
  • German concert tour:  José Cura, Virtuosi di Praga
  • WERTHER (ETO, UK)
  • Philharmonia Orchestra, Barbican Centre, London; Concert début
  • Concerts with City of London Sinfonia (Exeter Festival, Osborne House)
  • Longborough Festival Opera, conductor: DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALKÜRE;
    Music Director – Opening seasons
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Assistant conductor to Sir Colin Davis for performances/recordings: CARMEN, SAMSON ET DALILAH (Borodina, Cura)

1993 – 1995

  • Conductor, PETER GRIMES, ROH Covent Garden, London and Teatro Politeamo, Palermo; Moshinsky production – Terfel/Barstow/Tear/Rolfe-Johnson
  • ROH Covent Garden: CHÉRUBIN;  Albery/Graham/Georghiu; Conducting début ROH
  • San Francisco;  CAPRICCIO Dame Kiri te Kanawa (New Production –personal coach/prompt)
  • Pianist/assistant conductor: TV production of Dame Kiri’s life
  • CAVALLERIA/ PAGLIACCI; PACT Opera, Pretoria
  • Conductor/accompanist: numerous opera gala concerts.
  • Conductor: STIFFELIO in the Olivier Awards

1990 – 1992

  • 1990-1997: Appointed Head of Music Staff the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • San Francisco Opera: Dame Kiri te Kanawa; personal coach/prompter CAPRICCIO (Cox/Versace)
  • South African premiere DEATH IN VENICE; Preparation:

1986 – 1989

  • Buxton Festival in recital; harpsichord continuo: ARIODANTE.
  • Appeared with all major national companies: Welsh National Opera Cardiff, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera
  • Appointed Guest Répétiteur, ROH Covent Garden
  • Role of Pianista che Canta in U.K. première UN RE IN ASCOLTO, ROH Covent Garden
  • Conducted BAFTA Awards Nomination OUT OF SEASON in ROH second ‘Garden Venture’ season

1984 -1986

  • PACT Opera, Pretoria & JohannesburgTHE KING AND I, PETER GRIMES, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and I PAGLIACCI; Conductor
  • Musical Director Opera Training Programme, Pretoria
    • Conductor: DIDO ANDÆNEAS”, BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE, DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR, SEGRETO DI SUSANNA, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS,COSI (also harpsichord continuo), THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, ALBERT HERRING, ERWARTUNG

1982 – 1984

  • Freelance répétiteur: ROH Covent Garden, English National Opera; Glyndebourne
  • Coach: National Opera Studio
  • Pianist: Master Classes -Sir Geraint Evans; accompanist to Sir Geraint on BBC TV’s “Wogan Show”
  • Assistant Conductor: TV productions LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES and MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE and for Video profile: Robert Lloyd “Six Foot Cinderella”.
  • Accompanist to Placido Domingo in an inaugural concert of new open-air auditorium, Marbella (Personal request of Mr Domingo)

1981 – 1982

  • Chorus Master/Conductor PACT Opera: State Theatre, Pretoria & Johannesburg
    • Conducted choral/orchestral concerts; notable productions: AIDA, CAVALLERIA/PAGLIACCI, NORMA, TURANDOT, RIGOLETTO, LA TRAVIATA, OTELLO; notable artists : Caballe, Glossop, Cossotto, Renzi, Kraus
  • Breytenbach Theatre, Pretoria: conducted SUSANNA’S SECRET, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

1973 – 1981

  • Full-time Music Staff: ROH Covent Garden, London
    • Harpsichord continuo ROH: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, COSI FAN TUTTE, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Böhm)
    • Harpsichord THE RAKE’S PROGRESS 
    • Solo piano ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
    • Chief répétiteur highlights:
      • LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST; Mehta
      • THE RAKE’S PROGRESS; Sir Colin Davis
      • LULU; Sir Colin Davis
  • Assistant Conductor to World’s most renowned artists
  • Numerous TV and gramophone recordings as Assistant Conductor.
  • Musical Director for the Royal Opera Auction Gala
  • Conductor PETER GRIMES and THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA; workshop productions ROH; Jonathan Miller
    • Notable productions include: OWEN WINGRAVE (Theatre Premiere-1973) BORIS GODUNOV (1974), BENVENUTO CELLINI (1976), TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (1976), LES TROYENS (1977), LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (1977) – working with Ahronovitch/Christoff/Davis/Gedda/ Foster/Janet Baker/Cassily/Mehta/Domingo/Neblett
    • Conductor: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, I PAGLIACCI, NABUCCO and Holst’s SAVITRI –Various UK companies

1965-1973 Training /early years

  • Freelance: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden:
    • Repetiteur/backstage conductor: productions: RIGOLETTO, TRAVIATA, PARSIFAL, HAMLET, TAVERNER, OTELLO
    • Opera for All: Music Director (two seasons); RIGOLETTO, L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI, COSI, IL TURCO IN ITALIA, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
    • Repetiteur Training Programme; London Opera Centre
    • B.Mus. (Hons) Nottingham University (Prof Ivor Keys)
      • highlight: conductor Wagner’s DAS LIEBESVERBOT, vinyl recording of DAS LIEBESVERBOT

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