Mark Elder

Biography

Born: June 2, 1947; Hexham, Northumberland  
English conductor Mark Elder has achieved wide acclaim in the realm of opera, but has also generally devoted an equal share of his career to orchestral work. He perhaps made his strongest impression at the English National Opera, where he began conducting regularly from 1974, leaving as music director in 1993. He has also conducted at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, the Sydney Opera House, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and other important operatic Read more venues. In concert he has led the London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Hallé Orchestra. His repertory is broad in both the operatic and orchestral realms: though he has favored Verdi in the opera house, he has led performances of Wagner (Die Meistersinger; Parsifal), Busoni (Doktor Faust), Stravinsky (The Rake's Progress), and modern composers like David Blake (Toussaint). His orchestral choices include many standards, while taking in works by modern British composers like George Benjamin, Nicholas Maw, and Jonathan Harvey. Elder has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Sony, Chandos, ASV, and Hyperion.

Elder was born in Hexham, England, on June 2, 1947. As a youth he divulged talent both as a singer and instrumentalist, serving as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and as the first-chair bassoonist in the National Youth Orchestra. He studied music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and was later mentored by renowned British conductor and musicologist Edward Downes. Elder worked briefly in minor capacities at Glyndeboune and Covent Garden before serving as a regular conductor at the Sydney Opera House from 1972-1974. He returned to England in 1974 to serve as a regular conductor at the ENO. In 1979 he was appointed director there, and by that time he was also heavily ensconced in orchestral conducting, largely in England.

During his 15 years as ENO director, Elder conducted the company in numerous highly acclaimed productions and led successful tours to the U.S., Russia, and other parts of Europe. During his ENO tenure he also held conducting posts with the London Mozart Players (1980-1983) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1982-1985).

From 1992 to 1995 he guest-conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and in 2000 began serving as music director of the Hallé Orchestra. Among Elder's more successful recordings are his English-language version of Verdi's Rigoletto on Chandos, issued in 2000, and his 2004 recording of Elgar's Symphony No. 2 on ASV. Read less
Browse 1-25 of 86 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4
  • 1.
    Sibelius: Symponies Nos. 4 & 6 / Elder, Halle
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7553 Release Date: 02/07/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    Puccini: Le Willis / Jaho, Soghomonyan, Mulligan, Elder, London Philharmonic
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 12/13/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Ermonela Jaho,  Arsen Soghomonyan,  Brian Mulligan
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Opera Rara Chorus
    Recommendation
    On sale! $24.99
    CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $24.99   CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    Debussy: Nocturnes / Elder, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7552 Release Date: 11/01/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Sergio Castelló López,  Anna Stéphany,  Sophie Bevan
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Youth Choir,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
    Recommendation
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    Wagner: Siegfried / Elder, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7551 Release Date: 06/07/2019   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Simon O'Neill,  Gerhard Siegel,  Martin Winkler,  Iain Paterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD: $34.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $34.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 5.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, 4 Romances on Poems by Pushkin / Elder, Platt, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7550 Release Date: 03/01/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  James Platt
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 6.
    Elgar: Wand of Youth Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Nursery Suite, Etc / Elder, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7548 Release Date: 11/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 7.
    Rossini: Semiramide / Elder, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 80057 Release Date: 09/28/2018  
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Gianluca Buratto,  Albina Shagimuratova,  Mirco Palazzi,  Daniela Barcellona  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Recommendation
    On sale! $54.98
    CD: $49.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $54.98   CD:  $49.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 8.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Elder, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7549 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Reinhard Hagen,  Emma Bell,  Susan Bickley,  Iain Paterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 9.
    Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Elder, Rotterdam Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110575 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Marcel Beekman,  Michele Losier,  Mariangela Sicilia,  André Morsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dutch National Opera Chorus
    DVD: $29.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $29.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 10.
    Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6 / Elder, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7547 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 11.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Elder, The Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7539 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Katarina Dalayman,  Tom Fox,  Reinhard Hagen,  Lars Cleveman  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Youth Choir,  Royal Opera Chorus  ... 
    CD: $34.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $34.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 12.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos / Kim, Elder, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7546 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sun-Wook Kim
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Elder, Vogt, Nylund, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 17002 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Evgeny Nikitin,  Camilla Nylund,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Katarina Dalayman  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir,  Dutch National Opera Chorus
    Recommendation
    On sale! $32.98
    SuperAudio CD: $29.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $32.98   SuperAudio CD:  $29.99 Add to Cart

  • 14.
    For the Fallen - Elgar & Bax / Elder, Halle
    Label: Halle-numbus   Catalog: 7544 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Rachel Nicholls,  Jennifer France,  Joshua Ellicott,  Madeleine Shaw
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé City Chorus
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 15.
    Donizetti: Les Martyrs / Elder, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 352 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Joyce El-Khoury,  Michael Spyres,  David Kempster,  Brindley Sherratt
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    On sale! $34.98
    CD: $30.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $34.98   CD:  $30.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 16.
    A Christmas Celebration / Bell, Halle Choirs
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7545 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nigel Hess,  Adolphe Adam,  John Gardner,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5, 7 & En Saga / Elder
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7543 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    Donizetti: Le duc d'Albe / Meade, Elder, Halle Orchestra
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Angela Meade,  Michael Spyres,  Laurent Naouri
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    On sale! $34.98
    CD: $30.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $34.98   CD:  $30.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 19.
    Elgar: Sea Pictures, Polonia & Pomp and Circumstances Marches / Halle
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7536 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Alice Coote
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lyn Fletcher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    Gounod: La Colombe
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 53 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    On sale! $34.98
    CD: $30.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $34.98   CD:  $30.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 21.
    A Britten Collection [5-blu-ray Disc Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7189 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
    Blu-ray Video: $54.49
    In Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $54.49 Add to Cart

  • 22.
    A Britten Collection [7-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
    DVD: $58.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $58.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 23.
    Verdi: La Traviata / Elder, Gimadieva, Fabiano, Christoyannis
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1171 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Emanuele D’aguanno,  Hanna Hipp,  Venera Gimadieva,  Tassis Christoyannis  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
    Recommendation
    DVD: $29.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $29.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 24.
    Verdi: La Traviata / Elder, Gimadieva, Fabiano, Christoyannis [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7169 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Michael Fabiano,  Tassis Christoyannis,  Venera Gimadieva,  Hanna Hipp  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
    Blu-ray Video: $39.99
    In Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 25.
    Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus; The Wasps Overture
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7540 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Sarah [Soprano Vocal] Fox
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2 3 4