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Academy alumnus Douglas Boyd appointed Artistic Director; Jonathan Freeman-Attwood appointed to the Board
Garsington Opera has today announced new appointments with strong Academy connections.
Academy alumnus Douglas Boyd has been appointed Artistic Director, after a string of highly praised performances (of Fidelio, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni) at Garsington. Douglas is also Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland. Until recently he held the position of Music Director of Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota and Principal Guest Conductor of City of London Sinfonia. He was a founder member and principal oboist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 21 years. He studied oboe with Janet Craxton at the Academy.
The Academy’s Principal, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, has further strengthened the Academy’s links with Garsington with his appointment to its Board. He will chair the Garsington Opera Artistic Committee. In July 2008, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood became the 14th Principal of the Royal Academy of Music. He was appointed a Fellow of King’s College London in July 2009. He also serves as a trustee for the Countess of Munster Trust, Young Classical Artist Trust, Mendelssohn Scholarship and Boise Foundations, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the Lucille Graham Trust, the Saga Trust of the British Library and the Harriet Cohen and Winifred Christie Trusts. In 2010 he became a Trustee of the University of London.
In recent years, current and recent Royal Academy Opera students have made up a substantial proportion of the young singers who are engaged by Garsington Opera.