Oliver Gooch is rapidly establishing a reputation as a gifted and versatile young conductor, equally at home in both the symphonic and operatic repertoire. He served his apprenticeship as a protégé of the late Sir Charles Mackerras and as a Young Artist at the Royal Opera House (a post created for him by Antonio Pappano). Since then, he has enjoyed collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, Northern Sinfonia, Sinfonia ViVA, Hallé, RPO, and with Opera North and Glyndebourne. Also a keen exponent of contemporary music, recent engagements have included concerts with the Red Note Ensemble, Scotland’s leading contemporary music group (nominated for a Creative Scotland Award) and CHROMA at the Linbury Theatre (nominated for a Sky Arts South Bank Award).
Oliver balances his orchestral engagements with extensive work in opera, on both sides of the Atlantic. He made his New York debut in 2008 with the première of Conrad Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons for Dicapo Opera, and returned for the US premiere of Janacek’s Šárka. In Europe, he made his Italian debut in Cremona with Die Zauberflöte, and subsequently toured Lombardy with Don Giovanni for ASLICO. In Australia, he conducted the inaugural tour by the Royal Opera House of Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (which was nominated for a Helpmann Award). In the UK, he came to attention as Founder and Artistic Director of Opera East Productions, most recently giving the world première of O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness for ROH2. Other engagements include Madama Butterfly and Carmen (Raymond Gubbay), Riders to the Sea, Savitri and The Wandering Scholar (Buxton Festival), Messiah (London Chorus/Royal Festival Hall), and the position of Musical Director of Ilford Festival Opera since 2005.
Oliver received his musical training at Cambridge University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He studied conducting at the Tanglewood Festival under Robert Spano and Seiji Ozawa, and was subsequently nominated for the prestigious Rolex/Mentor Protégé Arts Initiative in Geneva under Sir Colin Davis. In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Clore Fellowship, a programme designed to nurture a new generation of cultural leaders. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and he is a faculty member of both the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and L’Accademia Europea dell’Opera.
Forthcoming projects include La Bohème (Raymond Gubbay), Noye’s Fludde (North Wales International Festival), Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Little Sweep (OEP), La Rondine (Iford Arts), Giulio Cesare (Lucca), concert engagements with the Philharmonia (Royal Festival Hall) and his debut with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
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