Robert Howarth : keyboards

Robert Howarth read music at the University of York. With a growing reputation as director and conductor of early repertoire Robert Howarth holds the posts of Artistic Advisor and Guest Directorof The Avison Ensemble, Assistant Artistic Director of English Voices and Co-Principal KeyboardPlayer of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His valuable contribution to the 02/03 season atthe Bayerische Staatsoper was rewarded with the Munich Opera Festival Prize.

Howarth’s opera engagements have included Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Welsh National Opera, Alcina for the Hamburg State Opera, Monteverdi Ballo del Ingrate and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda followed by Ulysses Comes Home for the Birmingham Opera Company and Alcina, L’Orfeo and Tolomeo for English Touring Opera. He has been assistant conductor for productions at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opéra de Paris and Glyndebourne and includes amongst his repertoire L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Ariodante, Orlando, Rodelinda, Tamerlano, Don Giovanni and Iphigenie en Tauride.

Concert engagements include appearances conducting Bach Lutheran Masses and a European tour of the MonteverdiVespers 1610 with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Apollo and Daphne with The St James Baroque Players; Bach Cantatas with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Angelika Kirschlager, Athalia for the Ambronay Festival and a baroque programme for the Northern Sinfonia.

Recently he undertook a UK tour with the Mozart Festival Orchestra, gave performances of Messiah in Manchester and the Royal Festival Hall and The Battle of Quiberon Bay, a Handel extravaganza, at the Bath Festival. Howarth’s current season’s activities include recording the MonteverdiVespers with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the inaugural release on the group’s own label; conducting Almeida’sLa Spinalba for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and a return to Glyndebourne to conduct a production for their Jerwood Programme. Further ahead he make his Opera North début conducting a new production of Giulio Cesare as well as a Venetian renaissance programme with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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