Our warmest welcome to young British-Russian conductor Edmund Whitehead, who joins TACT's roster for General Management.
Edmund's recent and upcoming engagement include conducting HK Grüber's "Frankenstein!"! at the Royal Opera House, Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra as well as "Ivan the Terrible" at Grange Park Opera (assistant conductor).
Being a Conductor and Repetiteur at the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Edmund was mentored an assisted to Sir Antonio Pappano.
At the ROH he conducted Henze's "Phaedra", excerpts from "Orfeo ed Euridice", and also assisted Edward Gardner, Richard Farnes and Daniel Oren. He worked as music staff on "La traviata", "Hänsel und Gretel", "La forza del destino", "Le nozze di Figaro" and "Simon Boccaengra", "Otello", "Werther", "Death in Venice", "Fidelio", "Jenůfa" and "Kát’a Kabanová".
Edmund studied at Oxford University, The Guildhall School (where he was Assistant Conductor Fellow) and The National Opera Studio. He was subsequently a Young Artist at the Polish National Opera, Warsaw, and has also participated in ENOA workshops at Dutch National Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
In the past seasons Edmund has conducted "Die Zauberflöte" (for children) at the Polish National Opera, Scarlatti's "La Giuditta", Cavalli's "La Calisto" at the New Chamber Opera; Vahan Salorian's "Boys of Paradise" (workshOPERA/Tete-a-tete), and assisted on "Kat'a Kabanova" at Opéra National de Lorraine, "Un ballo in maschera" for "Grange Park Opera", Wolf-Ferrari's "Le donne curiose" (Guildhall School), Opera Makers (Guildhall, Royal Opera House & Budapest Opera Festival) , "Das Rheingold" with Polish Radio Orchestra and "Don Giovanni" at the British Youth Opera, for which he also conducted the cover show with the Southbank Sinfonia."