Acclaimed for being “as exciting as he is subtle in his conducting”, Jeremy Silver’s passionate music making and overriding sense of lyricism and balance have made him an esteemed conductor among orchestras, singers and opera directors alike. Most recent performances include LE NOZZE DI FIGARO at Cape Town Opera, Handel’s RINALDO and SERSE at Longborough Festival Opera and two exciting Donizetti rediscoveries, L’ASSEDIO DI CALAIS and IL FURIOSO ALL’ISOLA DI SAN DOMINDO, with English Touring Opera in performing editions resulting from his considerable editorial work on both scores.
He has worked extensively in South Africa with all the country’s major symphony orchestras in repertoire ranging from the classical symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert through to the iconic works of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Saint Saëns ORGAN SYMPHONY, Rachmaninov 2NDSYMPHONY, Elgar ENIGMA VARIATIONS, several works of Ravel and the Webern PASSACAGLIA. He has also conducted LA BOHÉME with Cape Town Opera and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Gauteng Opera (formerly BTE). As principal conductor of Opera Africa (2004 – 2007) he conducted productions of I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, LA TRAVIATA and RIGOLETTO as well as a tour of the South African opera PRINCESS MAGOGO to Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam.
Amongst the European orchestras he has worked with are Sinfonia Varsovia, RPO, RPCO, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and Salomon Orchestra. Past operatic performances include PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); MADAMA BUTTERFLY (English National Opera); LA RONDINE, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Opera Holland Park); LES HUGUENOTS, TOSCA (Opéra-Théâtre de Metz); TURANDOT (National Theatre, Malaysia); COSÌ FAN TUTTE, THE BARTERED BRIDE (Mersin State Opera, Turkey); DIE FLEDERMAUS (Yale Opera); LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, COSÌ FAN TUTTE, DON GIOVANNI, CARMEN (Longborough Festival Opera) and ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, DIE FLEDERMAUS (English Touring Opera).
He has conducted the premieres of two operas by Mark Glentworth, BLOOD AND ROSE and ULA at the Têtê-à-tête Opera Festival in London as well as the first performances of the orchestral version of John Simon’s PORTRAIT OF EMILY and Martin Watt’s MTSHALI SONGS in South Africa. He has twice been resident conductor on the Jerwood Opera Writing Course in Aldeburgh where he conducted the work of several young composers, and while a member of music staff at English National Opera he worked closely with Mark Anthony Turnage, Gavin Bryars, Gerald Barry, Jonathan Dove and Martin Butler.
He is currently Assistant Head of Music at the National Opera Studio in London where he is engaged in the training of exceptional young singers and repetiteurs.