Christian Curnyn - Opera Conductor at English National Opera

Christian Curnyn


Christian Curnyn was born in Glasgow and studied harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is music director of the Early Opera Company, conducting many high-profile performances including its debut at the 2010 BBC Proms.

Previously for ENO: Rodelinda, Charpentier’s Medea, Julius Caesar, Castor and Pollux, Partenope, After Dido (Young Vic).


Career Highlights

Notable engagements elsewhere: Die Zauberflöte (Garsington Opera and Opéra National du Rhin debuts); returns to Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt and ROH (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Ariodante (Salzburg); Platée, Alcina, The Fairy Queen (Staatstheater Stuttgart); Ezio (Oper Frankfurt); Così fan tutte (New York City Opera); Partenope (Opera Australia, New York City Opera); The Beggar’s Opera (ROH); L’Ormindo (ROH Wanamaker Playhouse); Giasone (Chicago Opera Theater); Castor et Pollux (Komische Oper Berlin); Semele (Scottish Opera); Saul (Opera North); Tolomeo (Glimmerglass); concerts with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, English Concert, Stavanger, Ulster and Hallé Orchestras, and at Handel Festivals in Karlsruhe and Hallé.


Recordings: Serse, Alceste, Flavio, Partenope, Semele, Eccles’s The Judgment of Paris, Britten’s realisation of The Beggar’s Opera (Chandos); Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo (Wigmore Live); ‘Italia’ (Nicola Benedetti, SCO, Decca).

Last updated: 27th December 2023