Orlando Jopling

Orlando Jopling is the Artistic Director of Roman River Music.

Orlando Jopling regularly conducts the English Chamber Orchestra both in the recording studio and on the concert platform, and has also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, the Schönbrunn Orchestra in Vienna, and Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, as well as many amateur orchestras in the UK.

He is Musical Director of the 140-year-old Royal Orchestral Society in London with whom he has conducted Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. In St John's, Smith Square next season he will conduct the Sea Symphony, Mahler's 4th Symphony, The Planets, Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky and concertos with Piers Lane and Emma Johnson.

After graduating from the National Opera Studio in London where he won the first Leonard Hancock scholarship, Orlando Jopling co-founded the modern opera company Tête à Tête and conducted over a dozen commissioned operas and the modern world première of Vivaldi's lost opera Orlando finto pazzo as well as Die Fledermaus and other standard repertoire. He worked with Diego Masson on the three Mozart / Da Ponte operas at Dartington and went on to conduct Figaro for Savoy Opera, The Merry Widow for Carl Rosa, La Scala di Seta for Independent Opera, Albert Herring for British Youth Opera and Don Giovanni, Figaro and Idomeneo in Vienna with the Schönbrunn Orchestra. More recently he co-founded Stanley Hall Opera with Christopher Stewart-Smith and developed it into an established annual festival, conducting Falstaff, Così fan tutte, Figaro, Don Pasquale and Cenerentola. Among other repertoire he has conducted La Traviata, Don Carlos, Cav & Pag, The Pearlfishers, Paul Bunyan, A Streetcar named Desire and most recently Don Giovanni in Bahrain.

Orlando Jopling has assisted André Previn, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McGrath and Wyn Davies at some of the major UK opera companies including Scottish Opera. He has accompanied a wide range of soloists including Sinéad O'Connor and Martha Wainwright. His music for TV has been heard on all the major UK channels.

Orlando went to the Royal Grammar School in Colchester, read music at Trinity College Cambridge, and then studied conducting at the Royal Academy in London. He also studied cello with the legendary William Pleeth, Alexander Baillie and Raphael Wallfisch, and has recorded all six Bach suites for solo cello. In the last three years he has given over 70 recitals and occasional concerto performances.

Photo taken by Katie Hyams