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.
The British conductor was principal conductor of Opera Africa, South Africa from 2004 to 2007 where productions included I Capuleti e I Montecchi, La Traviata, Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor. He also conducted performances of the highly acclaimed Zulu opera Princess Magogo at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam. Equally active in the concert hall he has given concerts with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (Durban).
In Britain he has conducted Pelléas et Mélisande (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Madama Butterfly (English National Opera); Aida and Carmen (Raymond Gubbay productions, Royal Albert Hall); La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor and Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park); Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Carmen (Longborough Festival Opera); Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Fledermaus (English Touring Opera); Tosca (Castleward Opera); Carmen (European Chamber Opera) in addition to other productions of Die Zauberflöte, Idomeneo, L’Elisir d’amore, Il Trovatore, Aida, Eugene Onegin, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen and Tosca.
In the concert hall he has led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Salomon Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Surrey Sinfonietta and Islington Sinfonia.
His highly acclaimed appearances in France include productions of Les Huguenots and Tosca at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz as well as a concert with the renowned Polish orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia at the Evian festival.
In addition he conducted a special festival production of Turandot at the National Theatre in Malaysia and made his USA debut in 2008 with Die Fledermaus at Yale Opera.
Jeremy Silver was formerly Music Director of Opera on a Shoestring and Music Director of English Pocket Opera Company where productions included a national tour of Tristan and Isolde, Massenet’s Cléopâtre, Milhaud’s La Mère Coupable as well as La Bohème, Così fan tutte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Giovanni. He also served on the music staffs at Scottish Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne.
His repertoire is extensive, ranging from the eighteenth century to contemporary. He gave the first performances of the concerto for 2 horns Deus llluminatio Mea by Howard Thomas, the orchestral version of John Simon’s Portrait of Emily , Martin Watt’s Mtshali Songs and two operas by Mark Glentworth, Blood Rose and Ula, produced at this year’s Tête-à-tête contemporary opera festival in London. He has also conducted the work of several young composers on the Jerwood Opera Writing Course at Aldeburgh Music. As staff conductor at English National Opera he worked closely with such composers as Mark Anthony Turnage, Gavin Bryars, Gerald Barry, Jonathan Dove and Martin Butler.
Jeremy Silver studied Modern Languages and Music at Clare College, Cambridge and went on to study conducting at the Royal College of Music with Norman del Mar, continuing his studies for a number of years with internationally renowned teacher George Hurst. He furthered his studies at the prestigious National Opera Studio in London where he is now assistant Head of Music. He is also Music Director of Opera Brava.