B i o g r a p h y
Edmund Whitehead joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House as a conductor and répétiteur in the 2018/19 Season, in which he made his company debut conducting Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra, and his debut with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducting Act III of Orfeo ed Euridice on the main stage. He also assisted Sir Antonio Pappano and worked as music staff on La traviata, Hansel and Gretel, La forza del destino, Le nozze di Figaro and Simon Boccaengra. In the 2019/20 Season he will be Assistant Conductor for Werther, Death in Venice and La traviata, repetiteur for Fidelio, Jenůfa, Tristan und Isolde, Elektra and Tosca and offstage conductor for Otello.
Edmund studied at Oxford University, The Guildhall School (where he was Assistant Conductor Fellow) and The National Opera Studio. He was subsequently a Young Artist at the Polish National Opera, Warsaw, and has also participated in ENOA workshops at Dutch National Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
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.
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.