Stuart was appointed Music Director of
Scottish Opera from 1 June 2015.
Stuart Stratford read music at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, studying conducting with David Parry. He also spent three years studying with the legendary conducting teacher, Ilya Aleksandrovich Musin, at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire, Symphonic and Operatic Conducting Faculty. He was the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in 1999 and 2000.
Opera is at the core of his activities. In the UK Stuart has conducted for English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Birmingham Opera Company and Buxton Festival with repertoire including Giovanna d’Arco, The Barber of Seville, Khovanshchina, Orfeo ed Euridice, Don Giovanni, Satyagraha, Pagliacci, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, The Turn of the Screw, Falstaff, La Boheme, Candide, Swanhunter (Dove),Tobias and the Angel (Dove), Ion (Param Vir), Kantan (Goehr), L’altra Euridice (Dove), Ariadne (Langer), and The Embalmer (Batistelli). He has given the world staged premiere of The Maiden in the Tower (Sibelius) and the UK staged premiere of Kashchei the Immortal (Rimsky-Korsakov).
He is a regular conductor at Opera Holland Park and has conducted performances of Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Jenůfa, Iolanta, Káťa Kabanová, La Forza del Destino, L’amico Fritz, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, La Fanciulla del West and Il Trittico.
Outside the UK, Stuart has worked at the Finnish National Opera (Doctor Atomic), Hong Kong (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), at Theater St.Gallen, Switzerland (Un Ballo in Maschera), and at the Birgitta Festival with the Estonian National Opera (Faust).