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British-Russian conductor and repetiteur Edmund Whitehead first achieved international recognition as a Jette Parker Young Artist Conductor and Repetiteur at the Royal Opera House. There he assisted and was mentored by Sir Antonio Pappano, and conducted a new production of Henze's Phaedra, excerpts from Orfeo ed Euridice, and also assisted Edward Gardner, Richard Farnes and Daniel Oren. He worked as music staff on La traviata, Hänsel und Gretel, La forza del destino, Le nozze di Figaro, Simon Boccaengra, Otello, Werther, Death in Venice, Fidelio, Jenůfa and Kát’a Kabanová. In 2020 he was invited back to the Royal Opera to conduct Richard Jones' critically-acclaimed new staging of HK Grüber's Frankenstein!! starring Allan Clayton.
In the 2021/22 season he returns to the Royal Opera as offstage conductor for Tosca, Jenufa and Lohengrin, is an assistant conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and returns to the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra as conductor for the Spring and Summer seasons.
Edmund studied at Oxford University, The Guildhall School, where he was later Assistant Conductor Fellow, and The National Opera Studio. He was subsequently a Young Artist at the Polish National Opera, Warsaw, and he also participated in ENOA workshops at Dutch National Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
In previous seasons Edmund has conducted Die Zauberflöte for children (Polish National Opera), Scarlatti's La Giuditta, Cavalli's La Calisto (New Chamber Opera), and Vahan Salorian's Boys of Paradise (workshOPERA/Tete-a-tete), and assisted on Kat'a Kabanova (Opéra National de Lorraine), Un ballo in maschera (Grange Park Opera), Wolf-Ferrari's Le donne curiose (Guildhall School), Opera Makers (Guildhall, Royal Opera House & Budapest Opera Festival) , Das Rheingold (Polish Radio Orchestra) and Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera), for which he also conducted the cover show with the Southbank Sinfonia.
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Edmund has held full-time conducting positions with the Central London Orchestra, Oxford University Sinfonietta, and the Arcadian Singers, and was Conducting Scholar at Schola Cantorum of Oxford in the 2013/14 season.
As chorusmaster Edmund has worked on Weber's Oberon and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe (LSSO), Rachmaninoff's Spring Cantata, Brahms' Requiem and John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls (Cambridge Philharmonic).
As a repetiteur, Edmund has worked on Hansel and Gretel (Opera Studio Oxford), Il re pastore, Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei, Tamerlano, and L’Infedeltà Delusa (New Chamber Opera), La Boheme (Opera24/Grimeborn), Pergolesi's Adriano in Siria (Opera Settecento), Dvorak's The Cunning Peasant, Henze's Phaedra, The Rape of Lucretia and Martinu's Alexandre Bis (Guildhall School), Bluebeard's Castle (Cambridge Philharmonic), Carmen (EPOC), and Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics (BYO).
For a full list of upcoming engagements and performances, please see the Calendar page.