Ivor Bolton is chief conductor of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Teatro Real, Madrid, chief conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, with whom he appears annually at the Salzburg Festival and on tour, including at the 2006 BBC Proms. With the Mozarteum Orchestra, he has also built up an extensive discography, including a critically successful series of recordings of the Bruckner symphonies.
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 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 operatic engagements include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, 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 Royal 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 made with the Mozarteum Orchestra, include Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Handel’s Serse and Ariodante with the Bavarian State Opera.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season included productions of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains, Mozart’s Idomeneo, as well as Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro as well as Handel’s Agrippina at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Britten’s Billy Budd at the Royal Opera House in London. Moreover he conducted concerts of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Dresden Festival Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Essen Philharmonic.