Conductor & Lies Askonas Fellow

Bertie Baigent

Assistant Conductor, Colorado Symphony
Music Director, Waterperry Opera Festival

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Bertie Baigent is Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Symphony and Music Director of Waterperry Opera Festival. Recent and forthcoming highlights include a series of all-Beethoven concerts in Colorado, projects with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra as their Principal Guest Conductor, the League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview and productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni for Waterperry and Handel’s Partenope for Hampstead Garden Opera.

Bertie has assisted Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Jac van Steen and Masaaki Suzuki and collaborated with the Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia. He has also participated in masterclasses with Martyn Brabbins and Pierre-André Valade, and as part of the Dirigentenforum in Germany.

Winner of the Royal Academy of Music’s Sir Henry Wood Scholarship and Ernest Read Prize in 2017, Bertie was the youngest semi-finalist in the London Symphony Orchestra Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in 2018. Between 2016-18 he was Chief Conductor the London Young Sinfonia.

Born in Oxford in 1995, Bertie read music at the University of Cambridge, going on to study conducting at the RAM with Sian Edwards and graduating with distinction. He is also a composer, his music having been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and performed by the Aurora Orchestra, Fretwork and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. He is currently based in London and Denver.


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    14 Aug 20 Waterperry Opera Festival 2020

    “…Bertie Baigent conducted with great flair and energy, and played the harpsichord for the recitatives. He somehow kept the ensemble very tight, even in the swift ensembles, although the physical arrangements often denied him line of sight to his singers. His instrumentalists responded expertly throughout…”



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    17 Sep 20 Musical America on Cantelli competition

    “…Baigent whipped up collective forces into a storm in the wildly swirling tarantella and saltarello, adroitly unravelling the yarn of interweaving musical threads while eliciting vigorous percussive interjections…”

    Musical America on Cantelli competition

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    15 Aug 20 Cosi fan tutte Waterperry Opera Festival

    “…Baigent is a force to be reckoned with…he proceeded to shape and energize Mozart’s music with loving care. Tempo choices were consistently surefooted and the support for his singers exemplary.  The sequence of quintets and trios that culminate in ’Soave sia il vento’ was beautifully balanced’…”

    Opera Magazine for Waterperry Opera Festival


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    25 Jul 19 Die Zauberflöte Waterperry Opera Festival

    “Conductor Bertie Baigent proves a fine judge of tempo and keeps the score on forward drive all evening.”

    George Hall, The Stage, July 2019

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    20 Aug 18 Don Giovanni Waterperry Opera Festival

    “Bertie Baigent leads a stylish musical performance. Helped by some judicious nips and tucks to the score, it sustains exhilarating momentum”

    Yehuda Shapiro, The Stage, August 2018