The Consort

Ryan Wigglesworth

© Benjamin Ealovega Ryan Wigglesworth has established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra from 2015 to 2018 and Composer in Residence at English National Opera. He held the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellowship with the Cleveland Orchestra for the two seasons 2013/15 and 14/15 and was Composer-in-Residence at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival. As a conductor he is much sought after in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the present day.

Recent opera engagements include Birtwistle’s The Minotaur for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Cosí fan tutte, Carmen and Glanert’s Caligula for ENO, Oliver Knussen’s double bill and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aldeburgh Festival, and a widely acclaimed performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican.

Recent concerts include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Bergen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms. Forthcoming engagements sees debut visits to the Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, RSO Vienna, Tokyo, Melbourne and Seattle symphony orchestras, BBC Philharmonic, Frankfurt Opera for The Cunning Little Vixen, as well as a return to the Hallé and the BBC Proms with the Britten Sinfonia.

One of the leading composers of his day, his first opera, The Winter’s Tale, premiered at ENO in February 2017 in a production directed by Rory Kinnear and conducted by the composer. Other recent works include commissions from the Royal Concertgebouw and Cleveland orchestras, BBC Symphony (BBC Proms), song cycles for Sophie Bevan (Wigmore Hall/Grafenegg) and Mark Padmore (Aldeburgh Festival/Wigmore Hall). Further performances of his works have been directed by, amongst others, Sir Andrew Davis, Edward Gardner, Pablo Heras-Casado, Vladimir Jurowski, Oliver Knussen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Franz Welser-Möst. Current projects include a song cycle for Roderick Williams (Barbican), a piano concerto for Paul Lewis (BBC Proms), and a large-scale work for chorus and orchestra.

Born in Yorkshire, he studied at New College, Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Between 2007-9 he was a Lecturer at Cambridge University where he was also a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. In January 2019 he took up the position of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

Sophie Bevan

© Sussie Ahlburg Sophie Bevan studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, where she received the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2012 as the Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried, and returned as Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Antigone in Oedipe, and Sophie in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. She sang her frst Governess (The Turn of the Screw) in Aldeburgh and returned as Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She made her debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival as Michal (Saul), at the Teatro Real Madrid as Pamina (where she recently returned for Lady Rich in Britten’s Gloriana), and at the Salzburg Festival as Beatriz in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel (which she reprised at the Metropolitan Opera). She also created the role of Hermione in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s A Winter’s Tale for ENO.

Conductors with whom she has worked include Edward Gardner, Laurence Cummings, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons and Antonio Pappano, with ensembles including the Hallé, The Sixteen, the Swedish Radio Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Recent and future engagements include her frst Mélisande (Pélleas et Mélisande) at the Dresden Semperoper, Freia (Das Rheingold) in Madrid and Governess (The Turn of the Screw) for Garsington, as well as Brahms’s Requiem with the Bergen Philharmonic, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and a tour of Handel’s Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia.

Sophie was the recipient of the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent, The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, and the Young Singer Award at the 2013 International Opera Awards.

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