Stuart Stratford read music at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, studying conducting with David Parry. He also spent three years studying with the legendary conducting teacher, Ilya Aleksandrovich Musin, at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire, Symphonic and Operatic Conducting Faculty. He was the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 1999 and 2000. He was appointed Music Director of Scottish Opera in 2015.
In the UK Stratford has conducted for English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera Company and Buxton Festival, as well as Scottish Opera, with repertoire including Giovanna d’Arco, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Khovanshchina, Orfeo ed Euridice, Don Giovanni, Satyagraha, Pagliacci, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, The Turn of the Screw, Falstaff, La bohème, Candide, Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter, L’altra Euridice and Tobias and the Angel. He gave the world staged premiere of Sibelius’ The Maiden in the Tower and the UK staged premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchei the Immortal.
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Aleko and Francesca da Rimini
Scottish Opera, May 2018
Stuart Stratford’s belief in these two operatic also-rans, and his ability to enthuse and inspire chorus, orchestra and guest soloists, turned this one-off concert into a thrilling climax to the company’s Russian series. Stratford kept both on a taut rein, never allowing the orchestration to sound blowsy or overwhelm his singers, always letting the musical drama speak for itself.
Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine