Musical Director

Alistair Digges was born in Glasgow and began his musical studies as a horn player and pianist. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before being awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he went on to win the Knights of the Round Table Prize.

He is co-founder and Musical Director of Scotland's professional touring company Opera Bohemia, most recently conducting their productions of Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi and La Traviata. Other conducting engagements have included Gounod's La Colombe for West Green House Opera 2016, a co-production with Opera Danube, and the closing concerts of the 2015 and 2016 Rainhill music festivals. In addition to The Edinburgh Singers, he is also Musical Director of Fife Opera with whom he's conducted Carmen, Faust and Eugene Onegin, and most recently has been appointed Musical Director of Edinburgh Grand Opera. Forthcoming engagements include assistant conductor for a production at the Netherlands Reisopera, as well as conducting The Pearl Fishers for Opera Bohemia and The Magic Flute for Fife Opera. He is on the musical staff of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the Ulster Youth Choirs and is in demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor and workshop leader across the UK. Previous Musical Director positions held include the London Fairlawn Singers and Kilmarnock and District Choral Union.

Before pursuing his conducting career Alistair performed extensively as an operatic tenor and concert soloist throughout Europe and beyond. Engagements included a series of recitals across India with renowned soprano Patricia Rozario, the title role in the premier of Sir Nigel of Tilford under the baton of Laurence Cummings, Rodolfo for Vignette Production's acclaimed tour of La Bohème in England and France, Nemorino for Opera South, various roles at the Britten Theatre in London, performances for Opera da Camera Linz in Austria and performances in Russia, Germany and at the Buxton and Aldeburgh festivals of Britten's Parables. As an oratorio soloist he covered a vast repertoire and as an exponent of contemporary music, he sang the role of John in Michael Oliva's Singularity in London's From the Soundhouse series, Gareth Wiliams's Breath Cycle for Scottish Opera, the Sloans Project for Noise Opera and also worked with the Mahogany Opera Group.

 

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