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Anthony Kraus

Musical Director / Conductor

Anthony was educated at St Paul’s School and read Music at Bristol University, where he was also University Organ Scholar.  Further studies followed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won the Ricordi Conducting Prize, and the National Opera Studio, supported by Welsh National Opera and the Sybil Tutton Trust.

Anthony is now in demand as a conductor, chorus master and coach throughout the UK and Europe.  He has worked for many British and European opera companies and conservatoires, including English National Opera, English Touring Opera, The Grange Festival, Garsington Opera, Bampton Classical Opera, Opéra National du Rhin (Strasbourg), Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He was Organist of St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, and has worked extensively with the Royal School of Church Music.

From 2003 until 2017 he was on the staff of Opera North, initially as Chorus Master, and subsequently as Acting Head of Music and Assistant Head of Music.  He conducted several productions and concerts for the company, including The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Cautionary Tales! (Errolyn Wallen), The Bartered Bride, L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Carousel (Rogers and Hammerstein), Ruddigore (Gilbert & Sullivan) and Joshua (Handel). He was also Chorus Master for the critically acclaimed Grimes On The Beach at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival.

Since leaving Opera North he has conducted Hansel and Gretel for the Royal Northern College of Music, Dido and Aeneas and Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, La Scuola di Gelosi (Salieri), Gli Sposi Malcontenti (Storace) Amahl And The Night Visitors (Menotti) for Bampton Classical Opera, and has recently worked with the vocal students at the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.  He is Music Director of the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and Associate Music Director of Sinfonia of Leeds. He has also worked many choral groups, including The Sixteen, Leeds Festival Chorus, and Huddersfield Choral Society, amongst others.

Future plans include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Grange Festival later this year (with BSO), and engagements with Glyndebourne Tour, Opera North and Garsington Opera.