In his year and a half as Head of Opera at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Brisbane, Nicholas Cleobury has conducted THE MAGIC FLUTE, ALBERT HERRING and L'ETOILE and, most recently, a double bill of Ravel's L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES and Debussy's L'ENFANT PRODIGUE, with Director Stephen Barlow making his Australian debut.
Following his Mid Wales Opera successes with ACIS AND GALATEA (with Annilese Miskimmon and CARMEN (with Jonathan Miller and translation by Rory Bremner), in February he made his final appearance with the company in SEMELE with the RWCMD and Academy of Ancient Music.
In this time he also continued concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, made debut concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and conducted concerts for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth.
SEMELE (RWCMD, MWO, Academy of Ancient Music February 2017):
“Nicholas Cleobury conducted with admirable pace and panache.”
“Nicholas Cleobury has produced a cracker. Through it all, music was the star.”
WALES ARTS REVIEW
“...subtly nuanced period performance...the evening's most delectable sounds, incisive and expressive.”
WAAPA/Perth (April 2017)
“Profoundly moving. Here and elsewhere conductor Nicholas Cleobury coaxed vocal wonders from his student forces.”