Since making his professional conducting debut in Sydney, Australia, Antony Walker, Music Director of Pittsburgh Opera, has conducted over 200 operas, large and smaller scale choral/orchestral works, and symphonic and chamber works with companies in Europe, the United States and Australia. He has also recorded numerous works ranging from Monteverdi to Mahler in CD and DVD formats on the ABC Classics label.
On the operatic stage, he has led performances for The Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Australia, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Rome Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, The Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Arizona Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Vancouver Opera, and Cincinnati Opera. On the concert stage, Mo. Walker has conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre Colonne in Paris, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera, Sydney Opera House Orchestra, Barossa Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sinfonia Australis, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Chatham Baroque and most recently the chamber orchestra of the Sunflower Music Festival.Read more...
Acknowledged for his incisive interpretation and execution of varied operatic styles, as well as his exceptional reading of new works, Mo. Walker has led acclaimed performances of operas ranging from the works of Monteverdi to Ruders, Glass and Petitgirard. Operatic repertoire performed includes Falstaff, Billy Budd, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Rigoletto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, The Queen of Spades, Mitridate, Idomeneo, Dardanus, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Carmina Burana, La Bohème, the North American Premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, Nixon in China, the US Premiere of Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, Vanessa, Die Zauberflöte, Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria (with orchestra on period instruments), Roméo and Juliette, La Cenerentola, Tosca, Orlando, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, and others. As Artistic Director of Washington Concert Opera, Mr. Walker has cast and conducted highly applauded performances of under-performed operatic works such as Béatrice et Bénédict, Stiffelio, Roberto Devereux, La Donna del Lago, Esclarmonde, Luisa Miller, Orlando and Tancredi. As Co-Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera, he has led baroque and early works including Semele, The Fairy Queen, L’Orfeo, Dardanus and Idomeneo with Sinfonia Australis and the Orchestra of the Antipodes (on period instruments).
Trained as a cellist, Mo. Walker developed an understanding of orchestral music at an early age and has since conducted and recorded symphonic and chamber orchestra works. Repertoire performed includes Beethoven Symphony Nos. 2, 4, 5, and 9; Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Opus 56; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4; Brahms’ Symphony No 3; Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony; Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite; Tchaikovsky’s Roméo et Juliette Fantasy-Overture; Prokofiev’s Roméo et Juliette; Rachmaninoff’s Variation on a Theme by Paganini; Chausson Poème for Violin and Orchestra; Falkenberg’s Edge of the World the World Premiere of Falkenberg’s Piano Concerto;Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and the Cello Concerto; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto; Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Symphony No. 29 of Mozart and the Haffner; along with the works of Sibelius, Strauss, Weber, Williams, and others.
A prolific recording artist, Mo. Walker has recorded 30 CDs and DVDs of the works of Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, Orff, Fauré, Puccini, Verdi, Purcell, Handel, Bach, and others. His CD collaboration with Teddy Tahu Rhodes garnered the ARIA award for Best Classical Music Album of The Year and his DVD of the Emperor Concerto, on CD as part of the complete set of the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5, won the international DVD Association Award for Music Excellence. Releases of Handel’s Semele and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen each won high praise in the esteemed International Record Review
A former tenor, Mo. Walker’s understanding of singing has contributed to a particularly successful interaction with vocal soloists and choral performers. A co-founder of Cantillation, a chorus of professional singers, he has led this ensemble of fine voices in performances and recordings of early works since 2001. As Musical Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs from 1993 to 1997, Mo. Walker led many large-scale works including Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Mass in B Minor and St Matthew Passion, Berlioz Roméo et Juliette and Britten's War Requiem. He regularly returns to Sydney Philharmonia as guest conductor, where, most recently, he conducted Janacek's Glagolitic Mass and the world premiere of Nigel Butterley's Spell of Creation.
Mo. Walker is the recipient of the distinguished Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Award, the Churchill Fellowship and the Queenís Trust Award and the Green Room Award for his conducting of Alcina for Opera Australia. Mo. Walker was among five notable conductors nominated for the DORA Award in the category of Best Musical Direction following his acclaimed performance of Canadian Opera Company’s Maria Stuarda.