© Karen Almond
© Karen Almond

Graeme Jenkins

– World management except North America –

The British conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience in the field of Opera. Straight from the RCM, he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-91). He then spent 20 years as Music Director of the Dallas Opera (1994-2013) and was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Koln Oper (1997-2002).


In 2017/18 he has conducted Katya, Ballo and Otello at the Vienna State Opera, the latter was  his 189th operatic production of 116 different works.  He has three further productions planned in Vienna between 2018 and 2020.


Earlier in 2017 he made his debut with the Lisbon Opera conducting Tristan and Peter Grimes, followed by a production of Gluck’s Alceste (January 2019). In August 2017 he was in Glasgow with the RNSO and the Chinese Soprano Liping Zhang recording a CD of Verdi arias for Deutsche Grammophon.


In the UK he has worked for ROH, ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO, Opera North and Glyndebourne, at the latter he started his career as assistant to Bernard Haitink and Simon Rattle.


In Europe: Geneva Opera, Netherlands Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Budapest Opera, Theater an der Wien and has been a regular at The Vienna State Opera since 2005. His repertoire there is Billy Budd, Peter Grimes, Cav/Pag, Fanciulla, Der fliegender Hollander, Lohengrin, Jenufa , Thomas Ades’ The Tempest, Johannes Maria Staud’s Die Weiden.


Opera in the USA: as MD in Dallas, he conducted 60 productions including the transition into Lord Foster’s Winspear Opera House, which he opened with Otello in 2009. Other highlights there include Wagner’s Ring cycle, Wozzeck, Ariodante, Boris Godunov, Pique Dame, and Tristan. Most recently he  conducted Manon there in 2016. Elsewhere in North America he has worked for Opera Theater St Louis, Glimmerglass and the Canadian Opera Company.


In Australia 1990 he made his debut in the Sydney Opera House with Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème, and has returned for Meistersinger, Rosenkavalier and Butterfly. In New Zealand he has conducted Elisir for the NZ Festival. In Asia he has conducted Figaro for the Hong Kong Festival and Otello in Seoul. Because of his wide repertoire he has been at the helm of several Singing competition finals, notably Cardiff, Toulouse, ARD (Munich), Neue Stimme in 2015 and will again do the finals in October 2017. He will also do the finals of the Concours Musical in Montreal in 2018.


Graeme Jenkins is also a Choral and Orchestral conductor, renowned for his interpretations of Mozart, Richard Strauss and Britten.


In the UK he has worked with nearly all the major orchestras, having made his debut in the RFH with the LPO, and next door in the Queen Elizabeth hall with the ECO. In Europe he has collaborated in France with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Lyon Symphony and the Toulon Symphony. In Monaco with the Monte Carlo Symphony. In the Netherlands with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Netherlands Philharmonic. In Spain with the Galicia Symphony orchestra. In Portugal with the Portugal Symphony, the Gulbenkian Symphony and the Porto Symphony, in Germany with the Gurzenich Orchestra of Koln, the Bamberg Symphony (recording a disc of Paul Juon Symphonies), the Duisberg Philharmonic, and the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra. In Austria he has conducted the New Year’s Beethoven 9 with the Vienna Symphony and worked with the Austria Radio Orchestra. In Scandanavia with the Danish Opera Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony, the Finnish Radio Symphony. In the USA he has conducted the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, St Louis, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Santa Rosa and San Antonio. He has been on the roster of the Music Academy of the West and collaborated with UNT and SMU in Texas on a 10-year Handel Oratorio project. In Canada he has conducted concerts in Toronto, Ottawa and Victoria (BC). In Australia: the WASA and the Melbourne and Canberra Symphony orchestras.


Graeme Jenkins studied music at Cambridge University, conducting at the RCM (with Norman Del Mar and David Willcocks).

October 2021 – For the most recent biography, please contact Iris Jedamski

Management for North America: Lombardo Associates