Christian Curnyn, biography
Christian Curnyn has emerged as one of the most sought after conductors specialising in Baroque and Classical repertoire. After reading Music at the University of York, he took postgraduate studies on harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In 1994 he founded Early Opera Company (www.earlyopera.com). Notable Handel performances with his company have included Agrippina in New York, Ariodante for the BOC Covent Garden Festival, Orlando for the South Bank Centre Early Music Festival, Partenope for Buxton and Aldeburgh Festivals, and national tours of Flavio and Susanna. He has also given frequent recitals with EOC at Wigmore Hall, and appeared in concert with the ensemble at Cheltenham Festival, Spitalfields Festival, York Early Music Festival, and Lufthansa Festival.
In the spring of 2005 Christian Curnyn made his debut with Scottish Opera conducting their production of Semele and in 2008 made his hugely successful debut with English National Opera in a new production of Partenope. He returned to ENO for After Dido, Katie Mitchell’s realization of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
In 2009 he conducted Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and in 2010 made an acclaimed debut with New York City Opera (Partenope) and Chicago Opera Theater (Cavalli’s Giasone).
On the concert platform, Christian has conducted the Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, English Concert, Wroclaw Baroque orchestra, and Irish Baroque Orchestra. 2010 saw a tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti followed by a recording on the Decca label, and 2012 saw him return for four concerts with the SCO.
During the 10/11 season he made his debut with Opera Australia (Partenope) and Landestheater Salzburg (Vivaldi’s Farnace), and returned to Chicago Opera Theater (Charpentier Medee). In the 11/12 season he returned to English National Opera (Rameau Castor and Pollux) and New York City Opera (Cosi Fan Tutte), and made his debuts with Frankfurt Opera (La Calisto) and soon with Stuttgart Opera (Rameau Platee). Future engagements include Guilio Cesare and Charpentier’s Medee for ENO, Ariodante for Salzburger Landestheater, and debuts with the Komische Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera and the Opera Theatre of St Louis.