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Melissa Bradshaw

Royal Academy of Music appoints Brenda Hurley as head of Opera

2:24, 23rd March 2020

The Royal Academy of Music has announced the appointment of Brenda Hurley as head of Opera, effective July 2020.

Hurley has been director of the International Opera Studio (IOS) in Zürich since 2012 and has extensive experience in coaching singers, having previously done so for four seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, nine years at the Salzburg Festival, 15 seasons at Glyndebourne Festival and three seasons at English National Opera.

She has worked with leading conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Sir Andrew Davis and Valery Gergiev, and as a coach has worked with programmes such as the Jette Parker Young Artists at the ROH and Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists Programme.

The Academy’s principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said: ‘In her capacity as a visionary director of the IOS in Zürich, Brenda has forged an extraordinarily rounded and supportive educational environment in which young artists thrive. It’s been a joy to observe how ex-RAO students have developed under her guidance in the Opernhaus Zürich, and the prospect of her arrival as a colleague at the Academy is extremely exciting.’

Hurley’s first production with Royal Academy Opera will be announced in May 2020.

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