ANDREW CHARITY, Kent Opera’s Principal Music Director, trained at the Royal College of Music and the London Opera Centre, winning prizes for conducting. In recent years he has broadened his work in opera as musical director, conducting and playing for touring productions with companies such as Time Zone Theatre (national tour, Opera in the City Festival), Woodhouse Opera, Opera de Bauge and OperaUpClose.
He and Kent Opera Artistic Director Stephen Tiller have worked together extensively with Stephen’s other company, OperaMachine; on two productions of Menotti’s The Consul and a version of Madame Butterfly, Finding Butterfly, that played 24 performances in London and then toured to Japan.
Andrew’s opera repertoire extends to over thirty works from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, including works by most of the major opera composers, and some interesting rarities which work particularly well in a small scale production. Some productions have won or been nominated for awards (Olivier, Off West End) and others toured abroad, most recently to Japan and Denmark. He music directed OperaUpClose’s La Boheme, which garnered an Olivier award for Best Opera in 2011.
Other work has included developing a large repertoire of choral and orchestral music, a long-standing association with choral singing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as well as directing and writing music for productions, and being a founder member of the Barnes Music Festival.