English Touring Opera's (ETO) distinguished Music Director, Michael Rosewell, has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Music Director for ETO at the end of 2018. Rosewell has worked with English Touring Opera as Associate Conductor and then as Music Director for 14 years, during which period the company has flourished and the orchestra has advanced in strength and accomplishment. Critical appraisals of the musical standards of the company have been consistently high, and the repertoire has expanded considerably.

Michael Rosewell's time with ETO has been a golden period. Michael has been offered and has accepted, the new honorary title of Conductor Laureate of English Touring Opera.

Michael Rosewell has agreed that he will continue to offer his valued advice to General Director James Conway on an informal basis. It is expected that Michael will return to work as a conductor for specific opera projects, and there is a plan for him to develop a programme mentoring young conductors under the ETO umbrella.

Michael Rosewell: “It has been a privilege to have been part of such a fruitful artistic partnership with James Conway and to have collaborated with so many leading British-based singers and orchestral players during my time with ETO.”

James Conway, ETO General Director: “Working alongside Michael Rosewell (so far... I hope there is much more to come!) has been one of the most pleasant and enriching experiences of my professional life. I saw where I thought ETO had to go when I came to the company 15 years ago, and I was lucky enough to find in Michael Rosewell an artistic partner to get there. Michael is that rare thing: a brilliant opera conductor, a company man, a collaborator, leader and mentor of exceptional skill, tact and experience.”

Michael Rosewell – Music Director, ETO
Michael Rosewell is ETO’s Music Director. Michael began his career working at the Vienna State Opera, working closely with Claudio Abbado and singers including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus and Cappuccilli. He then took up the position of Senior Staff Conductor at the Nationaltheater, Mannheim in Germany. Since his return, Michael has worked for all of the major international music festivals and opera houses in the UK.

“I don’t think [ETO’s] musical standards have ever been higher” – Hugh Canning, Sunday Times

English Touring Opera (ETO)
English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK. ETO travels to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company, touring annually to over 70 venues and presenting more than 100 performances per year. Our aim is to offer opera to everyone, with a varied repertoire of high-quality professional productions featuring some of the finest talent in opera. www.englishtouringopera.org.uk


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