Julian Smith

Julian Smith

Conductor

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Julian Smith was Head of Music at Welsh National Opera for over twenty years, during which time he conducted over forty operas for the company, specialising in the Italian repertoire and notably Puccini. He also conducted for Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, San Francisco Opera, Australian Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Iceland and New Zealand Opera. He has worked with many distinguished singers, and has conducted concerts featuring Bryn Terfel, Reneé Fleming, Dennis O’Neill, Sherrill Milnes and others. Julian is the conductor of the DVD of the Baz Lurhmann production of La Bohème for Australian Opera. He conducted several of Dennis O’Neill’s TV series, and his recordings include three recital discs featuring the soprano Suzanne Murphy and the orchestra of WNO. As a musicologist he was invited by the Ricordi publishing house to reconstruct Puccini’s first version of Madama Butterfly, and this has been performed in Venice, New York and by Opera North, and also recorded. It will open the La Scala 2016-17 season next December. With the late Sir Charles Mackerras, he created performing editions of Handel’s Rodelinda and Orlando. He also has provided arrangements for artists such as Angelica Kirschlager, Bryn Terfel, Dennis O'Neill and Cecilia Bartoli. He was also the principal arranger for the young Charlotte Church. Julian Smith has been associated with the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World since its inception in 1983. From 1993 until 2011 he was solely responsible for selecting the competitors who came to Cardiff. Every two years he auditioned upwards of 600 singers in 45 locations world-wide. He is also Chair of the Jury of the Welsh Singer Competition.
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