Bampton Classical Opera has worked with a number of conductors, some of whom are described below. We do not have a permanent music director.
Thomas Blunt studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, London, and has held positions of Chorus Master at Glyndebourne and Assistant Conductor to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a graduate of the Allianz International Conductors’ Academy where he worked with the LPO and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Opera credits include L’elisir d’amore, Falstaff and La Cenerentola for Glyndebourne on Tour, Handel’s Jephtha for Welsh National Opera, La Cenerentola for Opéra National du Rhîn, Cimarosa’s Italian Girl in London for Bampton Classical Opera, Turn of the Screw and The Rape of Lucretia for Arcola Theatre. He has also worked at La Monnaie, Opera North, the Cantere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, assisted Bernard Haitink with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Iván Fischer with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Concert work includes performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Sala São Paulo), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, St Endellion Festival (St Matthew Passion), Coro da Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Oxford University Orchestra, Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, and South Bank Sinfonia. Future engagements include I Pagliacci with Opéra de Baugé.
Andrew Griffiths studied conducting under Martyn Brabbins, and trained at Scottish Opera, the National Opera Studio and as a Jette Parker Young Artist at The Royal Opera. He has conducted productions for The Royal Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre Company, Early Opera Company, Mid Wales Opera, Bampton Classical Opera, Iford Festival Opera and Paragon Ensemble Scotland, and appeared in concert with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera, the Orchestra of Opera North, Southbank Sinfonia and the Orpheus Sinfonia. He has worked as an assistant to conductors including Bychkov, Elder, Mackerras and Pappano at The Royal Opera, ENO, Glyndebourne, WNO, Chicago Opera Theater and with the BBC Symphony and Scottish Symphony Orchestras. A sought-after choral conductor, he is Musical Director of Londinium and Kingston Choral Society and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Singers; other engagements include New London Chamber Choir and the choirs at Dartington Summer School. He is regularly engaged as a coach at The Royal Opera and the National Opera Studio. Andrew’s engagements in 2014 include Rodelinda (ENO), Gawain and Les mamelles de Tiresias (BBC SO), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Opera North), Steffani and CPE Bach at Dartington and a WW1 commemoration with the BBC Singers.
David Owen Norris