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Graeme Jenkins

  • Conductor

Biography

Graeme Jenkins: Having recently renewed his Music Directorship contract with Dallas Opera until May 2013,  in October 2009 Graeme Jenkins oversaw the transition into their new home, the Winspear Opera House designed by Lord Foster as part of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.   Highlights from his time there include becoming the youngest ever British conductor to have conducted The Ring, productions of Wozzeck, Jenufa, Ariodante, Lohengrin and Queen of Spades, and for this season Otello, Cosi and Madama Butterfly.  Future plans include Tristan und Isolde, Anna Bolena and Boris Godunov.

In 2005 Graeme Jenkins made his debut at Vienna State Opera with the celebrated Willy Decker production Britten's Billy Budd, with Simon Keenlyside in the title role.  Subsequently he was invited to take over Jenufa from Seiji Ozawa and he returned to Vienna for further performances of Jenufa in 2009, followed by Der fliegende Holländer in 2010, Billy Budd and Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci in 2011.  Last summer he made his debut at the Theater an der Wien with The Marriage of Figaro. His close association with Royal Danish Opera began with La Clemenza di Tito in 2004 and continued over the following two seasons with Don Carlos and a new production of Figaro. Last season he made his debut with Royal Swedish Opera with La Cenerentola and The Barber of Seville and this season he conducts Hansel und Gretel for his debut with Bayerische Staatsoper.
 
Graeme Jenkins is also in great demand as an orchestral conductor, and in recent seasons has worked with the Minnesota, Dallas, Houston, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Radio Symphony, Gulbenkian, National Orchestra of Porto, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.  This year sees return visits to Galicia Symphony and Brabants Orkest whilst reinvitations over the last two seasons have included Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Danish Opera Orchestra and Utah Symphony.

Graeme Jenkins studied conducting at the Royal College of Music having previously read music at the University of Cambridge.  He worked with Norman Del Mar and Sir David Willcocks, and as an Adrian Boult Conducting Scholar directed Britten's Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw.  He lives in Dorset with his wife Joanna and their daughters Martha and Isabella.