Robert Howarth

Robert Howarth read music at the University of York and is fast establishing a growing reputation as a director and conductor of early and classical repertoire.

Howarth’s opera engagements include his Opernhaus Zurich début conducucting Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; Giulio Cesare for Opera North; The Fairy Queen in St Gallen, Haydn’s L’Isola Disabitata for the Norwegian Opera and Charpentier’s Actéon for Dartington International Summer School. Amongst other projects he has directed are Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera Company and English Touring Opera; Alcina for the Hamburg State Opera, Theater St Gallen and ETO, Monteverdi Ballo del Ingrate and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda for the Birmingham Opera Company and Tolomeo for English Touring Opera. He has also directed Charpentier’s La déscente d’Orphée aux enfers for Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Programme and Almeida’s La Spinalba for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Robert Howarth has led a number of programmes on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment such as Messiah in Spain and Moscow; Monteverdi Vespers 1610, (recorded for OAE Released), The Glory of Venice – Gabrieli and contemporaries - and Bach Lutheran Masses. He has conducted Messiah with The Hallé Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and at the Kirsten Flagstad Festival in Norway; Apollo and Daphne with The St James Baroque Players; Bach Cantatas with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Athalia for the Ambronay Festival. He regularly co-directs La Serenissima, most recently for Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa.

Previous engagements have included Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra; Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert, the St Matthew Passion with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Semele with Concerto Köln.


Robert Howarth's past performances