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Christpher Moulds (Conductor)

Born: Halifax, England

The English conductor, Christopher Moulds, he studied piano in Halifax with Fanny Waterman. From 1991 to 1995 he was as a member of the music at the English National Opera (ENO). From 1994 to 1998, he became chorus master at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera where he conducted The Marriage of Figaro . Later, at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera he conducted such operas as Harrison Birtwistle's The Last Supper, W.A. Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, and Georges Bizet's Carmen. Following that he began his international career.

An experienced and versatile conductor, Christopher Moulds is in demand at opera houses throughout Europe. He has appeared on the podium at the English National Opera, Essen’s Aalto Theater, Netherlands Opera, Opéra National de Lyon, Opera North, Sempereroper Dresden and Theater an der Wien, covering repertoire such as Aida, Carmen, Giulio Cesare, Madama Butterfly, Radamisto and Solomon.

Enjoying strong links with both the Staatsoper Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Christopher Moulds conducts repertoire ranging from Monteverdi, George Frideric Handel and W.A. Mozart's through to contemporary works such as Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy. Last season Moulds returned to the Staatsoper Berlin with Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw and led W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He returns to the Zürich Opera this season for the world premiere of a new ballet, Corpus, choreographed by Douglas Lee and Filipe Portugal in collaboration with period instrument orchestra La Scintilla. Other performances include Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Semperoper Dresden. He is often seen leading the Baroque opera repertoire.

On the concert platform Moulds has conducted orchestras including Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker. Recent highlights include a performance at the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk of G.F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Concentus Musicus Wien. Festival appearances include the Bregenz Festival, and Händel Festival Halle.

On March 5, 2002 Christopher Moulds along with the Bavarian State Opera have conducted Claudio Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and in 2003 he made his first appearance at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam along with Concerto Köln. In 2004 he did some Cappella Coloniensis recordings and released it under Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label. In 2006 he conducted Luigi Dallapiccola's Ulisse and the same year worked along with Wiener Philharmoniker to conduct La Clemenza di Tito which was presented at the Salzburg Festival. The next year he became a conductor of G.F. Handel's Alcina which was performed at the Festspiele Balver Höhle and the same year worked as a conductor for operas such as Samson and Delilah and Hercules.

In 2011 Christopher Moulds conducted such operas as Tamerlano by G.F. Handel and Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto which he did for the second time since 2005. He did both works along with the Bavarian State Opera, and then performed Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas which he did along with Akamus and choreographer Sasha Waltz. The same year he also performed Handel Festival in Halle and then performed W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Opéra National de Lyon. He also produced W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow. Later on, he began conducting some operas at such German opera houses as Konzerthaus and Akademie für Alte Musik both of which were in Berlin. He also became known for his conducting of G.F. Handel's Orlando and Floridante which he did in collaboration with Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra Moscow in Russia and then did another of W.A. Mozart's 's works Così fan tutte with the Cologne Opera. In 2012, he took on J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) and the same year performed W.A. Mozart's 's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Cosi fan tutte at the Staatsoper Berlin. Later on, he produced Ariodante with the Musica Viva Orchestra and became involved in the Young Artists Program in the Bolshoi Theatre. Also in 2012 he conducted his first scenic oratorio The Seasons and performed a concert called The Creation which was featured at the Bregenzer Festspiele by the Wiener Philharmoniker.

In 2013. Christopher Moulds conducted Dido and Aeneas and Die Entführung aus dem Serail in collaboration with the Berlin State Opera. He also conducted a new production of W.A. Mozart's 's La finta giardiniera in Berlin with direction by Hans Neuenfels. He collaborated with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie on a tour to Mexico. He also planned to re-conduct 2011 operas such as The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni which he will make with the Bolshoi Opera. Also he planned to take on Georg Philipp Telemann's work Der geduldige Socrates which will be performed at the International Opera Studio Zürich and will collaborate with both Tatarstan and Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra.

In January 2015, Christopher Moulds led Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, a co-production between the Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse which received much critical acclaim. In March 2015, he appeared in New York for performances of Semele with the Canadian Opera Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (March 2015). Other recent performances include his debut at the Teatro Real Madrid with Alcina by G.F. Handel (October-November 2015), a composer he visits again this season at the Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe with Semele and the Badisches Staatstheater. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 conducting Orfeo for The Royal Opera at the Roundhouse, Camden. He has appeared in Russia to give the Bolshoi Theatre’s premiere (December 2015) of Rodelinda with further performances scheduled for this season (April 2016). Following a series of performances at the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Sydney Festival (January 2014), Sasha Waltz' production of G.F. Handel’s Dido & Aeneas saw performances at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires under his baton (June 2016), with further performances in Rome in September 2016.


 

Source: Hazard Chase Website; Wikipedia Website (January 2014); Bits & pieces from other sources; Photo 02: Linda Lemmen
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2017)

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