Richard Farnes is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation, and is the winner of the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor of the Year award. He was Music Director of Opera North from 2004-2016, for whom he has conducted many highly praised productions including La fanciulla del West, Death in Venice, Otello, La traviata,, Gloriana, The Turn of Screw, La boheme, Manon, La Rondine, Werther, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Katya Kabanova, and From the House of the Dead. He has also made recordings with Opera North of both Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Don Carlos for Chandos Records.
In 2011, Richard Farnes and Opera North started an ambitious project to perform Wagner’s “Ring” in concert, which was enthusiastically received by both public and the press alike. Complete Ring cycles took place throughout 2016 in Leeds, Salford, Nottingham, Gateshead and London. This project won the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Opera and Music Theatre award.
The 16-17 season sees Richard Farnes return to the Royal Opera, London to conduct Verdi's Il Trovatore, and to the Glyndebourne Festival to conduct Verdi's La Traviata.