ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins

Martyn Brabbins

Conductor Music Director

Martyn Brabbins is Music Director of English National Opera. An inspirational force in British music, he has had a busy opera career since his early days at the Kirov and more recently at La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and regularly in Lyon, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Antwerp.

Currently for ENO: The Mask of Orpheus

Previously for ENO: Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, War RequiemSalomeThe Marriage of Figaro, MarniePilgrim’s Progress; Child of our TimeFrom Morning to MidnightThe Magic Flute.

Career Highlights

Martyn is a popular figure at the BBC Proms and with many of the UK’s top orchestras, and regularly conducts top international orchestras, returning to the Royal Concertgebouw, Tokyo Metropolitan and Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin this season.

Known for his advocacy of British composers, he has conducted hundreds of world premieres across the globe.

He has recorded over 120 CDs to date, including prize-winning discs of operas by Korngold, Birtwistle and Harvey.

He was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1994–2005), Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (2009–15), Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic (2012–16), and Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music (2005–7), and has this season taken up a new position as Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music.

Last updated: 22nd July 2019