Musical Director - Murray Hipkin


Murray Hipkin

Murray Hipkin studied at York University, the Guildhall and the National Opera Studio before joining the Music Staff of English National Opera (1983–1988) and then working for Opéra de Lyon, La Monnaie, Opera Factory, Scottish Opera and, as Musical Director, Opera Brava.

Since returning to ENO in 1995, he has appeared in Mahagonny, The Silver Tassie, Leoncavallo's La bohème, The Rake’s Progress and Trial by Jury; as Senior Répétiteur his productions over 24 seasons have included Phyllida Lloyd’s Ring Cycle and Terry Gilliam’s The Damnation of Faust; as Assistant Conductor he worked on, most recently, Sweeney Todd (with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel), The Barber of Seville, Akhnaten, Sunset Boulevard (staring Glenn Close), The Pearlfishers, Carousel, Satyagraha and Chess. In 2013 he played the solo piano in a revival of Deborah Warner's production of Britten's Death in Venice (available on DVD).

He has conducted La bohème (Surrey Opera, Opera Box); Salieri Falstaff, Haydn La vera costanza, Mozart Apollo and Hyacinth, Gluck Le cinesi (Bampton Classical Opera), and for ENO, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Gondoliers, Kismet and, in 2017, two performances of Carousel starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. In May 2018 he conducted three performances of Chess with Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke.

Other highlights include assisting the composer John Adams and conducting on location for the Channel 4 film The Death of Klinghoffer and Pierrot Lunaire with Björk at the Verbier Festival. In September 2012 he assisted John Adams once again on Nixon in China at the BBC Proms and the Berlin Philharmonie.


March 2014 Concert - Photo: David Liney

In February 2009 Murray completed an eight-month sabbatical from ENO as Musical Director of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, conducting over 170 performances. He has been Musical Director of NLC since January 2003 and of the Pink Singers, Europe’s longest running LGBT choir, since November 2010. He also leads ENO’s Community Choir.

Other recent and upcoming projects include ENO's productions of The Turn of the Screw at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Paul Bunyan at Wilton's Music Hall and War Requiem at the Coliseum.

Murray Hipkin is a member of English National Opera and appears by permission.