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Sir Mark Elder

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Conductor Sir Mark Elder has achieved wide acclaim in the realm of opera, but he has also generally devoted an equal share of his career to orchestral work. He has worked with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world and has recorded major works from both realms to great success. Elder is a principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the longtime music director of the Hallé Orchestra. In 2022, he was named the principal guest conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the following year, he announced his tenure with the Hallé Orchestra will conclude at the end of the 2023-2024 season. Elder was born in Hexham, England, on June 2, 1947. As a youth, he showed talent both as a singer and instrumentalist, serving as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and as the first-chair bassoonist in the National Youth Orchestra. He studied music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and was later mentored by renowned conductor and musicologist Edward Downes. Elder worked briefly in minor capacities at Glyndebourne and Covent Garden before serving as the conductor of Opera Australia from 1972 to 1974. He returned to England in 1974 to serve as a regular conductor at the English National Opera. In 1979, he was appointed the music director of the English National Opera; he remained in this position until 1993. During his years as English National Opera director, Elder conducted the company in numerous highly acclaimed productions and led successful tours to the U.S., Russia, and other parts of Europe. In addition, he has conducted the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, among other important opera companies. Elder has also been active in the orchestral world. He was music director of the Rochester Philharmonic from 1989 until 1994. In 2000, he was appointed music director of the Hallé Orchestra. He served as principal guest conductor for the London Mozart Players (1980-1983), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1982-1985), and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1992-1995). He conducts yearly at the Proms; since 2003, he has conducted the Hallé Orchestra in these performances. Elder has also had the honor of conducting the "Last Night of the Proms" on two occasions, both times leading the BBC Symphony. He has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Chandos, EMI, and Hyperion. He has also recorded with Hallé Orchestra on the Hallé label since 2003. Among Elder's more successful recordings are his English-language version of Verdi's Rigoletto (2000) and Elgar's Symphony No. 2 (2004). Elder's repertory is broad in both the operatic and orchestral realms: though he has favored Verdi in the opera house, he has led performances of Wagner (Die Meistersinger; Parsifal), Busoni (Doktor Faust), Stravinsky (The Rake's Progress), and contemporary composers like David Blake (Toussaint). Elder's orchestral choices include many standards while taking in works by contemporary British composers like George Benjamin, Nicholas Maw, and Jonathan Harvey. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment named Elder a principal artist in 2011. That year, Opera Rara, the label committed to forgotten or neglected 19th century operas, named Elder as artistic director to help guide its endeavors; he remained in this role until 2019. That year, he released several albums, including the final opera of his Ring des Nibelungen cycle with the Hallé Orchestra, Wagner's Siegfried, on the Hallé label. A busy 2022 schedule saw Elder return to Covent Garden to lead a production of Britten's Peter Grimes, the release of his complete survey of Vaughan Williams' symphonies with the Hallé Orchestra, and he was named the principal guest conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic. In 2023, Elder led the Hallé Orchestra on recordings of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale as well as Elgar's oratorios The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, and The Kingdom. That year, Elder announced that his tenure with the Hallé Orchestra will end with the conclusion of the 2023-2024 season; Kahchun Wong was named the orchestra's next principal conductor and artistic advisor as Elder became conductor emeritus. Elder was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989, was knighted in 2008, and was appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2017.
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