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Robert Howarth


Robert Howarth read music at the University of York and is fast establishing a growing reputation as director and conductor of early and classical repertoire.

His opera engagements include Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria for Opernhaus Z├╝rich; Giulio Cesare for Opera North; The Fairy Queen in St Gallen, Haydn's L'Isola Disabitata for the Norwegian Opera, L'Incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music at The Barbican, London and in Venice and Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert at the Buxton Festival. Amongst other projects he has directed are Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria for Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera Company and English Touring Opera; Alcina for the Hamburg State Opera, Theater St Gallen and ETO, Monteverdi Ballo del Ingrate and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda for the Birmingham Opera Company and Tolomeo for English Touring Opera.

Robert Howarth has led a number of programmes on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment such as Messiah in Spain and Moscow; Monteverdi Vespers 1610, (recorded for OAE Released), The Glory of Venice - Gabrieli and contemporaries - and Bach Lutheran Masses. He has conducted Messiah with The Hallé Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra; St Matthew Passion with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. He regularly co-directs La Serenissima, most recently for Vivaldi's Ottone in Villa.

Current season's projects include Music Director for Claire van Kampen's play Farinelli and the King staring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies at the Duke of York's Theatre and Dido & Aeneas with The Birmingham Opera Company.