Headshot of ENO's Porgy and Bess conductor : John-Wilson (c) Sim Canetty-Clarke

John Wilson


John Wilson is known for the vivid nature of his interpretations and is applauded repeatedly for the rich and colourful sounds that he draws from orchestras in repertoire ranging from the core classical through to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. An outstanding communicator, he has developed long-term affiliations with many of the UK’s major orchestras and festivals, and is working increasingly at the highest level across Europe and Australia.

Previously for ENO: Porgy and Bess

Career Highlights

In 2016/17 John became the Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducting them regularly across Scotland as well as at the BBC Proms and the Aldeburgh Festival. In recent seasons he has made debuts with many major orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and further afield he has twice been to Australia to conduct the Sydney Symphony. In 2016 he made his opera debut with Glyndebourne to great critical acclaim, described as a ‘sensational success’ (Opera), conducting the company’s first-ever Madama Butterfly in a new production for their autumn tour. This is his ENO debut.

Last updated: 6th December 2023