Rory Macdonald

Conductor

"Wilson’s Symphony No 3 is an absorbing and rigorous work in comparison and is arrestingly played by Macdonald’s RSNO"

Andrew Mellor, Gramophone

"Rory Macdonald draws thrilling, punchy playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra"

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

" The sound is rich, full and present, while the orchestral performances under Rory Macdonald are dramatically charged, colourful, and assured"

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Rory Macdonald stands out as one of the most engaging British conductors of his generation, leading stylish performances of a notably wide range of operatic and symphonic repertoire.

In great demand as operatic conductor, he has conducted new productions for the Royal Opera House, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Royal Danish Opera amongst others. Notable highlights have included Peter Grimes (Brisbane Festival), Albert Herring (Glyndebourne), The Turn of the Screw (Vienna Konzerthaus), The Rape of Lucretia (Houston Grand Opera), Carmen (Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company), Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro (Oper Frankfurt), Fra Diavolo (Opera di Roma), A Village Romeo and Juliet (Wexford Festival) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Bergen National Opera).

Engagements this season and beyond include returns to Oper Frankfurt for Le nozze di Figaro and to the Opera Theater of Saint Louis for The Magic Flute, as well as his debut for the Opéra de Tours for Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face.

On the concert podium highlights include the première performances of works by notable composers including Sir James Macmillan, Carl Vine, Sally Beamish and Geoffrey Gordon, as well as guest engagements with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony amongst many others.

Rory’s discography includes Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with Nicola Benedetti (Decca), Eric Chisholm's Piano Concertos with Danny Driver (Hyperion), The Beauty Stone by Arthur Sullivan (Chandos) and Thomas Wilson’s Third and Fourth Symphonies with the RSNO which was released in 2019 on Linn Records to critical acclaim.


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Thomas Wilson Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 recording, Linn CKD 616

Royal Scottish National Orchestra / February 2019

Wilson’s Symphony No 3 is an absorbing and rigorous work in comparison and is arrestingly played by Macdonald’s RSNO.

Andrew Mellor, Gramophone

The sound is rich, full and present, while the orchestral performances under Rory Macdonald are dramatically charged, colourful, and assured...It is a winning disc in every way.

Fanfare *****

Rory Macdonald draws thrilling, punchy playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra...Fascinating, and a startling introduction to a very individual voice.

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

Le nozze di Figaro

Gothenburg Opera / September 2019

The Gothenburg Opera's choir and orchestra under the direction of Rory Macdonald sound just as I want that Mozart should be interpreted when it is at its best.

Thorvald Pellby Petterson, Swedish Radio P4 Sjuhärad

Mozart Requiem, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Adelaide Festival / February 2020

The ASO (conductor Rory Macdonald and concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto) give sterling support interpreting the augmented Requiem.

Steve Evans, InDaily

…the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Rory Macdonald) make a sensitive and nuanced landscape of sound for them to sing in.

Robert Reid, Witness

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