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New productions of "Candide" at Theater Bremen (Premiere 14th October 2017) and "Billy Budd" at the Prague State Opera (Premiere 18th January 2018)

Christopher Ward

Christopher Ward studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was Repetiteur Fellow at Scottish Opera and RSAMD, Glasgow, and worked at the International Opera Studio, Zürich, before becoming Kapellmeister and Répétiteur at Staatstheater Kassel in 2005. During this time, he also assisted Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic at the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Easter Festivals.

In 2009, Christopher became Kapellmeister and Assistant to Kent Nagano at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and in 2013, 1st Kapellmeister at the Saarländisches Staatstheater. 

As guest conductor, he has directed performances at Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Graz, Salzburg Landestheater, Musiktheater im Revier, Staatstheater Mainz, Staatstheater Braunschweig and Staatstheater Darmstadt, Slovak National Theatre Bratislava, Munich Opera Festival and Prague Spring International Music Festival.

He has also conducted concerts with the Bremen Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Cottbus Philharmonic, Neue Lausitz Philharmonic, Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic and Munich Youth Philharmonic orchestras. 

Highlights in the Season 2017/18 include new productions of Britten's "Billy Budd" at the Prague State Opera and Bernstein's "Candide" at Theater Bremen, alongside premieres of Verdis "Nabucco" and Obsts "Solaris" in Saarbrücken, a return to Hamburg Staatsoper for Gounods "Faust", and a CD of Schreker's orchestral music with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie for Capriccio.


 

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"Fan Faire" Miroslav Srnka, Christopher Ward, Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Marsch' from Jörg Widmann's "Dubairische Tänze" (Saarländisches Staatsorchester)

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Christopher Ward Trailer (Ravel, Verdi, Rameau, Britten, Haas)

"Make No Noise" Miroslav Srnka, Ensemble Modern, Christopher Ward