English conductor Robin Newton’s rapidly developing career has seen him work with many renowned opera companies and orchestras including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Den Nye Oper, English National Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.
The 2013/14 season sees Robin make his Welsh National Opera début with Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, his concert début with the Salomon Orchestra, and returns to both the Bergen National Opera for Fidelio, and Chelsea Opera Group for Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and has further projects with Opera Rara.
Recent seasons have seen Robin make several notable débuts including Verdi’s Aida for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, La Forza del Destino at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Chelsea Opera Group, and Marcos Portugal’s La pazza giornata, ovvero Il matrimonio di Figaro for Bampton Classical Opera at the Buxton Festival. Further highlights includeDido&Aeneas for Opera North, the world première of Stephen McNeff’s Daughters of the Elements at the Tête á Tête Opera Festival, Rossini’s Armida with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square, London with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Don Giovanni for Opera Della Luna, The Glory of Christmas at Watford Coliseum for Raymond Gubbay ltd., Mozart arias & Dvo?ák Symphony No.6 with Oxford Sinfonia and as assistant conductor for Opera Rara’s recordings of Donizetti’s Caterina Cornaro and Belisario with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Having worked on more than twenty recordings for Opera Rara, Robin has a deep understanding of the bel canto style, and an extensive knowledge of operas by Bellini, Donizetti, Mercadante andRossini, amongst others. In recent years Robin has also established an important relationship with Garsington Opera, where performance credits include Mozart’s Il Re Pastore & Die Zauberflöte and Beethoven’s Fidelio. He has also worked closely on both operatic and symphonic works with Maurizio Benini, Ji?í B?lohlávek, Yves Abel, and Andrew Litton.
Robin has a music degree with honours from Cambridge University and studied conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he twice received the Recordi Prize for conducing opera.
As Music Director of Preston Opera and Hampstead Garden Opera, Robin Newton has conducted many repertoire pieces including Carmen, Don Giovanni, La traviata, Nabucco, Eugene Onegin, Cavalleria rusticana, The Bartered Bride and Macbeth.
Contemporary music is a vital part of Robin’s work. He is music director of e2K, with whom he has given a number of UK and world premieres. Recently, Robin was responsible for the commission of a new opera by Philip Cashian, which was premiered in autumn 2008.
Future plans include a recording of Maria di Rohan (Opera Rara, assisting Sir Mark Elder), Alceste (chorus master, Chelsea Opera Group), Il pirata and Armida (assisting David Parry) and La bohème (Den Nye Oper, assisting Andrew Litton).