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
Dickinson: Mass Of The Apocalypse, Larkin's Jazz / Bolton, Finders, Friend
Release Date: 11/17/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572287   Number of Discs: 1
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo & Saul / Christie, Dantone, Bolton
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA1225BD Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  Christopher Maltman,  Christophe Dumaux,  Patricia Bardon  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Ottavio Dantone,  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo & Saul / Christie, Dantone, Bolton [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OABD7211BD Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Rachid Ben Abdeslam,  Danielle De Niese,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Patricia Bardon  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Ottavio Dantone,  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Cesti: L'Orontea / Bolton, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumorchester
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 965 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Cesti
    Performer:  Kateryna Kasper,  Louise Alder,  Sebastian Geyer,  Paula Murrihy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra,  Monteverdi Continuo Ensemble
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    Wagner: Das Liebesverbot / Bolton, Teatro Real Madrid
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA1191D Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Maria Hinojosa,  Ilker Arcayurek,  Maria Angels Miro,  Manuela Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Sinfonica De Madrid,  Coro Titular Del Teatro Real
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    Wagner: Das Liebesverbot / Bolton, Teatro Real Madrid [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OABD7213D Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  David Jerusalem,  Isaac Galan,  Ante Jerkunica,  Francisco Vas  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Sinfonica De Madrid,  Coro Titular Del Teatro Real
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (1872 Version) / Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 447 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Mozart: The Complete Operas / Salzburger Festspiele
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002571709 Release Date: 12/09/2016   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jekaterina Tretjakova,  Astrid Hofer,  Maximilian Kiener,  Christiane Karg  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Wallnig,  Elisabeth Fuchs,  Michael Hofstetter,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Universität Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra,  Salzburg Youth Philharmonic,  Camerata Salzburg  ... 
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    Schumann: Cello Concerto; Symphony No 2 / Bolton, Vogler, Dresden Festival Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985372122 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jan Vogler
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Festival Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Great Arias: O Let Me Weep - Famous Baroque Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109238 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  David Daniels,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray
    Conductor:  Randall Behr,  Harry Bicket,  Richard Hickox,  Nicholas Kok  ... 
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    Great Arias: O Let Me Weep - Famous Baroque Arias & Scenes [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109239 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  David Daniels,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray
    Conductor:  Randall Behr,  Harry Bicket,  Richard Hickox,  Nicholas Kok  ... 
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    Handel: Saul / Purves, Davies, Bolton
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1216 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Graham-Hall,  Sophie Bevan,  Benjamin Hulett,  Paul Appleby  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Handel: Saul / Purves, Davies, Bolton [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7205 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Lucy Crowe,  Iestyn Davies,  Paul Appleby  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Baroque Opera Classics (7 Blu-ray Discs)
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7194 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe,  Veronica Cangemi,  Sally Matthews,  Olga Pasichnyk  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton,  William Christie,  Ottavio Dantone,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Les Arts Florissants,  Accademia Bizantina  ... 
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    Baroque Opera Classics [9 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1204 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe,  Veronica Cangemi,  Sally Matthews,  Olga Pasichnyk  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton,  William Christie,  Ottavio Dantone,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Les Arts Florissants,  Accademia Bizantina  ... 
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    Berlioz: Of Madness and Love
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Soyoung Yoon,  Vesselina Kasarova
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Symphony Orchestra
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    Gluck: Alceste / Bolton,  Denoke, Galan, Groves, Oliemans
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3074978 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Angela Denoke,  Isaac Galan,  Paul Groves,  Thomas Oliemans  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Gluck: Alceste / Bolton,  Denoke, Galan, Groves, Oliemans [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3074974 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Paul Groves,  Isaac Galan,  Angela Denoke,  Thomas Oliemans  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108126 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Nilon,  Christopher Robson,  Lesley Garrett,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
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    Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton, English National Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100065 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Joan Rodgers,  Ann Murray,  Lesley Garrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
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  • 20.
    Desperate Heroines - Mozart / Sandrine Piau
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5366 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 1 / Bolton, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 436 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Louis Spohr: The Last Judgement / Bolton,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 438 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Spohr
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Bach Choir
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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