Steuart Bedford (Music Director)|
Steuart Bedford is one of the leading experts on the works of Benjamin Britten. He has conducted Britten‘s operas throughout the world, including the world premiere of Death in Venice (1973) which was followed by the first recording of the work.
From 1974 - 1998, Steuart Bedford was one of the Artistic Directors of the Aldeburgh Festival and eventually became Joint Artistic Director with Oliver Knussen.
Steuart Bedford has an extensive operatic repertory and has worked with many of the world‘s greatest opera companies including English National Opera, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Opera National de Paris, Brussels Opera, Monte Carlo Opera, Lausanne Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Notable successes include Lowell Liebermann‘s Pictures of Dorian Grey at Milwaukee Florentine Opera, Minoru Miki‘s Return of Genji with the Opera Theatre of St Louis (which successfully toured to Japan), La Traviata with the New York City Opera, and Samuel Barber‘s Vanessa with Opera du Rhin.
Maestro Bedford is a highly regarded for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and his conducting of Idomeneo, Lucio Silla, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and La Finta Giardiniera for Garsington Opera in past seasons has been widely acclaimed.
In July 2004, Steuart Bedford conducted Cosi Fan Tutte with Garsington Opera at the Barbican in London as part of the prestigious Mostly Mozart Festival. He has recently conducted Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni with New York City Opera, Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, Idomeneo with Teatro Colon, and Peter Grimes with Royal Danish Opera. Future plans include performances of Death in Venice with Teatro Colon, The Magic Flute with the Bolshoi Theatre, Britten‘s Paul Bunyan with Central City Opera, Denver and Britten‘s Gloriana with both the St. Louis Opera and Boston Lyric Opera.
He also conducts concert engagements, both in the UK and abroad, and has toured Australia, New Zealand, South America and Scandinavia. He has worked with English Chamber Orchestra (with whom he has toured all over the world), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, Teatro Colon, Gurzenich Orchestra, Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier, Dortmund Philharmonic and the BBC Orchestras.
Stuart Bedford made many recordings with Collins Classics, and was the Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed series of recordings, ‘The Britten Edition‘. Recordings include The Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring and a disc of Orchestral Songs, which won many recording awards. Steuart Bedford has also recorded for EMI, Decca, Philips, ASV and Chandos.