Hilary Griffiths


Hilary Griffiths is a British conductor now living in Germany. During the last twenty years he has held appointments as General Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera in Regensburg, Chief Conductor of the Prague State Opera, Music Director of the Oberhausen Opera, Principal Conductor at the Cologne Opera (and Director of the Cologne Opera Studio), and Music Director of the Eutin Opera Festival. He works as a guest conductor throughout Europe, has made several recent visits to the Far East, Australia and South America, and has appeared at the festivals of Edinburgh, Camden, Schwetzingen, Wiesbaden, Würzburg, Gmunden, Prague, Litomyšl, Miskolc, Tenerife, Hong Kong and Perth (Australia). His repertoire of more than 100 operas includes the complete middle and late Verdi and all the regularly performed operas of Mozart, Rossini and Puccini. He concentrates also on the German repertoire (Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Eugen d’Albert, Alexander Zemlinsky, Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Hans Werner Henze) and on the Czech repertoire (Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů). He conducted the first European performances of three operas by the Scottish composer Thea Musgrave (b. 1928), and the world premieres of Das Gauklermärchen (1988) by Gerhard Konzelmann and Lulu (1990) by the Italian composer Nino Rota in the Cologne Opera House. Since 2000 he has been a regular guest at the Tenerife Opera Festival, other productions during the last few years included Porgy and Bess for the State Opera, Istanbul, Tosca, Aida  and Zauberflöte  at the Cologne Opera and Don Pasquale, Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro  and Il barbiere di Siviglia  for the National Opera of Colombia, Bogotá. Since 1992, Hilary Griffiths has conducted over two hundred performances from twenty four different productions at the Prague State Opera (today State Opera), and has prepared twelve new productions. These included Strauss'Salome, Zemlinsky's Eine florentische Tragödie  and Der Zwerg, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Schoenberg's Erwartung, Leoncavallo’s La bohème, Eugen d'Albert's Tiefland, Verdi's I vespri siciliani, Britten’s Death in Venice, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Leoncavallo’s I pagliacci and Wagner's Tannhäuser. From 2009 to 2012 Hilary Griffiths was Chief Conductor of the Opera of Wuppertal in Germany. In 2009 he mounted there the world premiere of La porta della legge  by Salvatore Sciarrino. This production was also presented at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York in 2010 and at the festival Iberoamericano de Teatro in Bogotá in March 2012. In January 2013 he conducted a highly acclaimed production of Bluthochzeit  by Wolfgang Fortner in Wuppertal that has now been issued as a DVD on the WERGO label.
Update: September 2016

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