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Robert Howarth read music at the University of York and is establishing a reputation an gifted director and conductor of early and classical repertoire.

Howarth’s opera engagements include Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for Opernhaus Zürich; Giulio Cesare for Opera North; The Fairy Queen in St Gallen, Haydn’s L’Isola Disabitata for the Norwegian Opera, L’Incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music at The Barbican, London and in Venice and Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert at the Buxton Festival and Birmingham Opera Company. He has directed Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera Company and English Touring Opera; Alcina for the Hamburg State Opera, Theater St Gallen and English Touring Opera, Monteverdi Ballo del Ingrate with Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda  for the Birmingham Opera Company, Acis and Galatea with The Early Opera Company and Tolomeo for English Touring Opera as well as Charpentier La déscente d’Orphée aux enfers for Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Programme, Charpentier Actéon and Purcell King Arthur for the Dartington International Summer School.

Howarth was Music Director for Claire van Kampen’s play Farinelli and the King staring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse,  Duke of York’s Theatre, London and Belasco Theater, New York.

He regulary directs programmes with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Academy of Ancient Music and  has conducted Messiah with The Hallé Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Ochestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra; the St Matthew Passion with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra; Mozart, Haydn and Rameau with The English Concert and has also appeared with the Early Opera Company, the English Chamber Orchestra,The St James Baroque Players, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and at the Ambronay Festival. He regularly co-directs the Italian baroque ensembeLa Serenissima.

Howarth’s current season includes Agrippina at The Grange Festival and music direction for James Runcie’s play The Great Passion at the Dartingon Festival. Future plans include a new production of The Magic Flute for Opera North.