Anthony Negus studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music London, and after gaining a music degree at Oxford University, trained as repetiteur and conductor at the London Opera Centre. He took part in conducting courses with Franco Ferrara (Siena) and George Hurst. He derived much inspiration from the recordings of Toscanini, Furtwängler, Walter and Erich Kleiber, as well as the live experience of Klemperer, Boulez (with whom he later worked on Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande) and Rudolf Kempe (particularly in the orchestra pit at Bayreuth).
He worked in Germany as musical assistant for several years: in Wuppertal, Hamburg and Bayreuth, before joining Welsh National Opera (WNO) where he is a regular conductor and formerly Head of the Music Staff. His repertoire includes Beethoven (Leonore and Fidelio), Gluck, Mozart (all the major operas from Idomeneo to Zauberflöte, Richard Strauss (Elektra, Ariadne, Die Frau ohne Schatten) and Wagner (Tristan und Isolde, Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal in two productions), operas by Janáček, Martinu, Alban Berg, and James MacMillan (The Sacrifice).
Having worked intensively with Sir Reginald Goodall on the works of Wagner, he has established himself as one of the leading conductors and coaches in this repertoire, leading to invitations to assist on Tristan und Isolde for La Monnaie Brussels, Scottish Opera, Stavanger and Glyndebourne.
Since 2000 he has been conducting in the summer at the Longborough Festival Opera, England: first a reduced version of The Ring, then from 2007 full versions of Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdammerung in 2012, and the complete Ring Cycle in 2013. In Wellington, New Zealand in 2006 he conducted semi-staged performances of Parsifal with Simon O’Neill, Sir Donald MacIntyre and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Other recent projects have included Glyndebourne Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, assisting Vladimir Jurovski and conducting the performance on 10 June 2013, and for WNO, Le Nozze di Figaro in Spring 2012.
Concert work includes Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert (9th Symphony), Richard Strauss and Wagner, and the major symphonic works of Brahms, Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler.
CD: James MacMillan The Sacrifice (live WNO BBC broadcast performance) 2007, for Chandos.