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Jenkins, Graeme (James Ewers)

Jenkins, Graeme (James Ewers), English conductor; b. London, Dec. 31, 1958. He was a chorister at Dulwich Coll., attended the Univ. of Cambridge, where he conducted the British premiere of Stijfelio, and studied conducting with Del Mar and Willcocks at the Royal Coll. of Music in London, where he conducted student performances of Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw. In 1982 he made his professional conducting debut with the Kent Opera with The Beggar’s Opera. In 1986 he became music director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, a position he retained until 1991. He made his first appearance at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1987 conducting Carmen, the same year that he made his debut on the Continent in Geneva conducting Hansel und Gretel. In 1988 he made his first appearance at the English National Opera in London conducting Così fantutte. As a guest conductor, Jenkins has appeared with opera companies and orchs. at home and abroad. From 1992 he was music director of the Arundel Festival. In 1994 he became music director of the Dallas Opera. From 1997 he also was principal guest conductor of the Cologne Opera.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Jenkins, Graeme (James Ewers)

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