Benjamin Bayl is a gifted conductor equally at home with modern and historical repertoire. He is a founder and conductor of Australia’s new period instrument classical-era orchestra seventeen88, co-Artistic Director of Odissea and was founder and Artistic Director of London’s Orchestra of the City for six seasons and Saraband Consort for many more. The first Australian Organ Scholar of King’s College Cambridge, he was appointed Assistant Conductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer at the beginning of his career, following studies at the Royal Academy of Music; he continues to work in Budapest and with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin. He was also Assistant Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort.
He has made highly successful debuts in recent seasons with Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Musikfest Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie, and Ruhrtrienniale Festival), Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Britten Sinfonia, The Hanover Band, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, and the Scandinavian orchestras of Gävle, Umeå, Drottningholm, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Sønderjyllands and Copenhagen Philharmonic.
In the world of opera, he has conducted for Opera Australia (Orlando), Staatsoper Berlin/Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Fairy Queen/AscheMond), Opera de Oviedo (Agrippina), Royal Danish Opera (Don Giovanni), Den Jyske Opera (Così fan tutte), NorrlandsOperan (Le nozze di Figaro), Taipei Symphony Orchestra (La Clemenza di Tito), Teatro Comunale di Sassari (Carmen) and English Touring Opera (Ariodante). He also conducted Dido & Aeneas and Fairy Queen in Berlin, Split and Zagreb Summer Festivals, Handel’s Acis & Galatea and Arne’s Judgement of Paris at the Wigmore Hall, Gluck’s Il parnaso confuso at London’s South Bank Centre, and both Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne for Københavns Musikteater. In the world of oratorio he frequently conducts the major works of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart with both period and modern orchestras.
Highlights of the 15/16 season include his debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper (the world premiere of Fatima oder von den mutigen Kindern), Dutch National Opera (Il matrimonio segreto), Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera (La Clemenza di Tito), Budapest State Opera (Fairy Queen) and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as return appearances at Ópera de Oviedo (Le nozze di Figaro), Warsaw Chamber Opera (Pygmalion) and Vlaamse Opera (Idomeneo), and a number of concerts with The Hanover Band, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra and others. With Odissea he performed at the London and Göttingen Handel Festivals, as well as Poland’s Wratislavia Cantans Festival.
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