Guest of the Opera
Christopher Ward is a British conductor who pursues artistic freedom to interpret originally and responsibly on his own terms. He is as passionate about contemporary music and education as about finding new aspects and approaches to traditional repertoire. He studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was Repetiteur Fellow at Scottish Opera and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, and worked at the International Opera Studio, Zürich, before becoming Kapellmeister and Répétiteur at Staatstheater Kassel in 2005. In 2006, he assisted Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in a production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, in Berlin and Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2009, he became Kapellmeister and Assistant to Kent Nagano at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich and conducted there new productions of Rossni’s, Haydn’s and Janáček’s operas as well as world premieres of Eötvös’ Die Tragödie des Teufels, Ronchetti’s Narrenschiffe and Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise (2011). Since 2014/2015, he has been 1st Kapellmeister at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken. As guest conductor, he has directed performances at Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Komische Oper Berlin, Salzburg Landestheater, Staatstheater Mainz and Staatstheater Darmstadt and concerts with the Neue Philharmonie München, Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie, Philharmonie des Staatstheaters Cottbus and Philharmonische Orchester Altenburg-Gera. In November 2013, he prepared the world premiere of Ľubica Čekovská’s opera Dorian Gray as part of ISCM World New Music Days Festival at the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, and he conducted it also at the Prague Spring Festival 2015. His engagements in the 2016/17 season include in Saarbrücken new productions of Weber’s Der Freischütz and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, a ballet evening including Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Gerald Humel’s Die Folterungen der Beatrice Cenci as well as revivals of Verdi’s Falstaffand Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.