Patrick Burns

Patrick Burns


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2017Verdi: OtelloConductor
2017Verdi: La Forza Del DestinoConductor
2016Puccini: TurandotConductor
2016Verdi: NabuccoConductor
2015Verdi: RigolettoConductor
2015Dvořák: RusalkaConductor
2014Strauss J.: Die FledermausConductor
2012Bizet: CarmenConductor


Patrick is currently the Chief Conductor for the Ipswich City Orchestra (Queensland, Australia) and the Music Director for Melbourne based group XL Arts Inc. (Victoria, Australia)Patrick began his conducting studies whilst completing his under-graduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. He is an alumni of the Symphony Australia conductor development program which has seen him participate in workshops across Australia with Orchestra Victoria, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and also in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia under the guidance of Christopher Seaman, Johannes Fritzsch, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Baldur Brönnimann. 

After returning from a year abroad travelling and studying in Germany in 2009, Patrick took up residence in Melbourne, 2010 where he completed his Masters of Music in Conducting under the guidance of Professor John Hopkins OBE AM at The University of Melbourne.

Over the last two years Patrick has had competition success where he was awarded the Jury’s Special Prize at the 2015 Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition and the Orchestra’s Prize in the Black Sea Opera Conducting Competition held at the National Opera Theatre of Romania in Constanta in 2016. In 2016, Patrick returned to Bulgaria to conduct performances of Verdi’s Nabucco & Puccini’s Turandot and also a symphonic concert with the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra. 

Since moving to Melbourne, he has worked with numerous groups in Australia including the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Citi Opera, Melbourne Opera, Opera Studio Melbourne, Preston Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and for the charity fundraising group Feature Set in support of Oz Child. He served as Music Director for the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra (2011-2014) and The Monash University Chorale Society (2010-2014). He is also one staff conductors for The School of Hard Knocks organisation under the leadership of Dr. Jonathon Welch AM.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: Otello Immediately Serbian National Theatre Opera 2017
Verdi: La Forza Del Destino Immediately Serbian National Theatre Opera 2017
Puccini: Turandot Immediately State Opera Rousse 2016
Verdi: Nabucco Immediately State Opera Rousse 2016
Verdi: Rigoletto Immediately State Opera Rousse 2015


Jury's special prize - blue danube international opera conducting competition
orchestra's choice prize - Black sea opera conducting competition
Hephzibah Tintner conducting fellowship