Anthony Legge

Internationally renowned opera pianist/vocal coach and recitalist Anthony Legge (above) is AGSA’s Musician in Residence for the 2010 Accompanists’ Festival.

He studied at the Guildhall, Oxford University and the London Opera Centre, and also studied accompanying privately with Geoffrey Parsons and Paul Hamburger.  His numerous recitals include those with, amongst others, Dame Janet Baker, Sir Thomas Allen, Gwynne Howell, Håkan Hagegård and Denyce Graves.

He has worked regularly with the principal British opera companies, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Australia, many European opera companies and at Bayreuth, where he assisted on the Kupfer-Barenboim Ring cycle for five years and a new production of Die Meistersinger.

He was Head of Music at English National Opera for 14 years where he conducted performances of Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Lulu, and Alcina.  He was a judge on the award-winning TV programme series Operatunity.

He was Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music more recently where he helped many young singers in preparation for their career.

He has recorded two CDs with Chandos accompanying Linda Finnie, has a book published by Peters Edition entitled The Art of Auditioning.  His new book, written with Mary King, ‘The Singer’s Handbook – A guide for aspiring singers’, has just come out, published by Faber Music.

He is now Assistant Music Director of Opera Australia since 2009

Anthony Legge will be involved in the AGSA Festival of Accompanists as follows:

Recital:

7.30 pm Friday July 2 Pilgrim Church – Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano, Rosalind Martin and tenor, Robert Macfarlane

Professional Development Day:

Saturday July 3 – Cynthia Poulton Hall, St Peter’s Cathedral – featured presenter in lecture demonstrations and masterclasses (professional and non professional)

Jury Chair – Geoffrey Parsons Award:

7.00pm Saturday July 3, Hartley Concert Room, Elder Conservatorium

Limited individual lessons June 29/30 (details from the Secretary, [email protected] )

Opera Australia Pianist for AGSA Festival 2010