Ivor Bolton is music director of the Teatro Real in Madrid, chief conductor of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
In the UK, he has been music director of English Touring Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera, as well as chief conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys a close relationship with the Bavarian State Opera where, since 1994, he has conducted a wide range of new productions, most notably of works by Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart. He has been awarded the prestigious Bavarian Theatre Prize for his outstanding work in Munich.
He has been a regular guest at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Paris Opéra and his other engagements include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and English National Opera, as well as the opera houses in Bologna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Sydney, Berlin, Hamburg and Geneva. Ivor Bolton’s orchestral engagements include the BBC Proms, Lincoln Center in New York, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
His many recordings, apart from those with the Mozarteum Orchestra and with the Basel Symphony Orchestra include Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Handel’s Serse, as well as Ariodante with the Bavarian State Opera.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season included Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Real and Così fan tutte at the Dutch National Opera. He gave several concerts as artist in residence at the Philharmonie in Essen and in Japan. During the 2020/21 season, despite restrictions caused by the pandemic, Ivor Bolton conducted three acclaimed new productions at the Teatro Real: Rusalka, Don Giovanni and Peter Grimes. He has also worked extensively with the Basel Symphony Orchestra.
Within two decades, he has conducted eight staged productions and four operas in concert at the Salzburg Festival, as well as conducting concerts every year. This Festival, he is returning for his 22nd summer in a row.