Mark Wigglesworth


Mark Wigglesworth is recognised internationally for his masterly interpretations both in the opera house and in the concert hall, for his highly detailed performances that combine a finely considered architectural structure with great sophistication and rare beauty. He is an outstanding conductor who has forged many enduring relationships with orchestra and opera companies across the world, conducting repertoire ranging from Mozart through to Boulez.

Wigglesworth has enjoyed a long relationship with English National Opera (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Cosi fan Tutti, Falstaff, Katya Kabanova, Parsifal, Force of Destiny, Magic Flute, Jenufa, Don Giovanni, and Lulu), and operatic engagements elsewhere include The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rise and Fall of Mahagonny, La Clemenza di Tito), The Metropolitan Opera, New York (The Marriage of Figaro) as well as at The Bavarian State Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real, The Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, and Opera Australia. In 2017 he received the Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

On the concert platform, highlights include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony. His recordings include a critically acclaimed complete cycle of the Shostakovich Symphonies with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Mahler Sixth and Tenth symphonies, with the Melbourne Symphony, a disc of English music with the Sydney Symphony, Britten Peter Grimes with Glyndebourne, and the Brahms Piano Concertos with Stephen Hough.

He has written articles for The Guardian and The Independent, made a six-part TV series for the BBC entitled Everything to Play For, and held positions as Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Music Director of English National Opera. His book The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters was published in October 2018 by Faber & Faber.