Ivor Bolton

Biography

Born: Blackrod, Lancashire, England  
Like so many conductors today, Ivor Bolton has established a parallel career as a soloist, in his case as a harpsichordist. On the podium, he is better known in the opera house, particularly for his incisive interpretations of Baroque operas by Handel, Purcell, and others, as well as for his Mozart (Le nozze di Figaro; Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Bellini (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Rossini. His orchestral repertory, though also divulging Read more a bias for early music, extends into the Romantic and modern periods, encompassing works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Franz Berwald, Bruckner, Malcolm Arnold, and James MacMillan. As a harpsichordist, Bolton has garnered acclaim particularly for his performances (and recording) of harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach. Bolton has amassed a sizable discography spread over several labels, including DG, RCA, ASV, Teldec, Oehms, Farao Records, RPO (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and others.

Ivor Bolton was born in Blackrod (Lancashire), England. He studied music at Cambridge University (Clare College) and at the Royal College of Music in London. After graduation he added a further year of study, this at the National Opera Studio, also in London. During that year he earned his first important post, conductor of the chamber choir Schola Cantorum of Oxford (University).

In 1982 Bolton began a long association with the Glyndebourne Festival, eventually becoming music director of the company's touring opera in 1992, for five seasons. In 1984 Bolton founded his own instrumental ensemble, the St. James Baroque Players. After more than 20 years under his leadership the group has grown in stature and produced a number of popular recordings, including the 1996 Charpentier Te Deum on Teldec.

Bolton served as music director for one season (1991-1992) with the English Touring Opera. During his five-year tenure at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Bolton made several important operatic debuts, including at the Bavarian State Opera (1994) and Covent Garden (1995). And he was busy in the strictly instrumental world, too, serving as principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1994-1996).

In the new century Bolton has been just as active: since 2004 he has been conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, and has been busy at the major operatic venues, including the 2004 Salzburg Festival (with Anna Netrebko singing Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Among Bolton's later recordings is the 2007 CD of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera on Deutsche Grammophon. Read less
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5439922 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Xavier De Maistre
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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    Von Winter:  Das Labyrinth  / Bolton, Salzburg Festival [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108076 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter von Winter
    Performer:  Regula Mühlemann,  Thomas Tatzl,  Christof Fischesser,  Malin Hartelius  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus
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    Von Winter:  Das Labyrinth  / Bolton, Schade, Hartelius, Salzburg Festival
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101677 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter von Winter
    Performer:  Julia Novikova,  Regula Mühlemann,  Thomas Tatzl,  Christof Fischesser  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus
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    Bach: Concertos For Solo Harpsichord / Ivor Bolton, St. James Baroque Players
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1309 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ivor Bolton
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. James Baroque Players
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    Bach: Harpsichord Concertos / Bolton, St. James's Baroque Players
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1308 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ivor Bolton
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. James Baroque Players
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    Handel: Deidamia /  Matthews, Cangemi, Pasichnyk, Bolton, Concerto Koln
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Andrew Foster-Williams,  Olga Pasichnyk,  Sally Matthews,  Veronica Cangemi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: S108080 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Axel Wolf,  Sonia Prina,  Christopher Purves,  Vesselina Kasarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: B108030 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Brother James Anderson,  Julie Kaufmann,  Paul Nilon,  Umberto Chiummo  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: B108090 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Johannes Dengler,  Barbara Burgdorf,  Axel Wolf,  Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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    Haydn:
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 421 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
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    Label: Simply   Catalog: 1206108 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Joszef Mukle,  Alberto Cupido,  Graciela Alperyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Camerata Budapest,  László Kovács,  Martin Elmquist,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scholars Baroque Ensemble,  I Solisti Italiani
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Bolton, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 407 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Bolton, Damrau, Peretyatko, Strehl
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 709108 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Norbert Ernst,  Olga Peretyatko,  Christoph Strehl,  Diana Damrau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Bolton, Damrau, Peretyatko, Strehl [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 709204 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Diana Damrau,  Christoph Strehl,  Olga Peretyatko  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
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    The Legend Of Mozart
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 0709452 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Natalie Dessay,  Véronique Gens,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Louis Langrée,  Ivor Bolton,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Mozart (With Bonus Cd: Mozart String Quintets)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331243 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ernst Haefliger,  Joanna Borowsak,  Rohangiz Yachmi,  Peter Mikulas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michi Gaigg,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
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    Mayr: Medea In Corinto / Bolton, Miles, Vargas, Michael, Bavarian State Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101578 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
    Performer:  Laura Nicorescu,  Francesco Petrozzi,  Kenneth Roberson,  Alek Schrader  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Mayr: Medea In Corinto / Bolton, Miles, Vargas, Michael, Bavarian State Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108030 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
    Performer:  Ramón Vargas,  Alastair Miles,  Alek Schrader,  Elena Tsallagova  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 6 / Ivor Bolton, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozart Orchestra
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    Janacek: Jenufa / Roocroft, Polaski, Schukoff, Bolton
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1055 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Amanda Roocroft,  Nikolai Schukoff,  Mette Ejsing,  Miroslav Dvorsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Janacek: Jenufa / Roocroft, Polaski, Schukoff, Bolton [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7089 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Miguel Sola,  Deborah Polaski,  Miroslav Dvorsky,  Mette Ejsing  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Berwald: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Bolton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28670 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Berwald
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 27 / Monetti, Bolton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28660 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariaclara Monetti
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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