Conductors

Bampton Classical Opera has worked with a number of conductors, some of whom are described below. We do not have a permanent music director.

2018 season

Harry Sever (Cinderella) has a wide-ranging repertoire and a fluency in both operatic and orchestral style. He has conducted in major venues throughout the UK and worldwide in opera, ballet, and concert repertoire. Recent and upcoming engagements include La traviata Opera Holland Park, The Nutcracker Peter Schaufuss Balletten, as well as projects with The Royal Opera Academy, Copenhagen and Birmingham Conservatoire. As an assistant conductor, Harry has worked with Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera), the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Grange Festival, and the Britten Sinfonia at Sadler’s Wells. As a vocal coach and repetiteur, Harry has worked with singers from the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the National Opera Studio, in masterclasses with Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, and Toby Spence, and in workshops with the Southbank Sinfonia and CHROMA. Harry studied at the Queen's College, Oxford and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Anthony Kraus (Amahl and the Night Visitors) studied at Bristol University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Opera Studio.  As a conductor, accompanist, organist and choral trainer he has performed throughout the UK and Europe.  He was Organist of St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge 1996-2000, and has worked for numerous opera companies, orchestras and choirs, including English Touring Opera, English National Opera, Almeida Opera, The Grange Festival, Opera du Rhin (Strasbourg), Sinfonia Viva, Leeds Festival Chorus, Huddersfield Choral Society.  From 2003 to 2017 he was on the staff of Opera North, serving variously as Chorus Master, Acting Head of Music and Assistant Head of Music.  While with the company he conducted several productions including The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Ruddigore, The Bartered Bride, Il Tabarro & Suor Angelica (Puccini), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Dove), Joshua (Handel).  He was also Chorus Master for the acclaimed production of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach in 2013.  He is Music Director of the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Associate Music Director of Sinfonia of Leeds.  Future conducting plans include Madama Butterfly for Opera North, Hansel and Gretel for Royal Northern College of Music, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten) for The Grange Festival.

Past seasons

Benjamin Bayl
Thomas Blunt
Alexander Briger
Christopher Bucknall
Matthew Coorey
Christian Curnyn
Richard Dickins
Tecwyn Evans
Alice Farnham
Gilly French
Edward Gardner
Andrew Griffiths

Matthew Halls
Murray Hipkin
Guy Hopkins
Paul Hoskins
Anthony Kraus

Jason Lai
Robin Newton
David Owen Norris
Simon Over
Julian Perkins
Toby Purser
Gregory Rose

Alexander Walker
Paul Wingfield