David Kram

David has conducted in every state and territory in Australia and in Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and Switzerland. 

Education: Royal College of Music (London), Luigi Ricci (Rome), Adelaide and Monash Universities (PhD). 

Europe 1969-1978: Repetiteur, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Kapellmeister, Stadttheater Basel, Erster  Kapellmeister,  Nationaltheater  Mannheim,  Guest  conducting  including  Geneva, Frankfurt, Berlin, German TV, Spoleto Festival. Australia 1977-1991: Resident Conductor, The Australian Opera; Music Director, State Opera of South Australia. Europe 1991-1995. Guest conducting including Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Nantes, Wiesbaden, [concerts as accompanist in Florence, Munich, Vienna and Wiesbaden, research  in Vienna  and Washington  DC  for  PhD]*.  Australia  1995-2017.  Senior  Lecturer  (since  2010,  Senior Fellow),  Victorian  College  of  the  Arts/University  of  Melbourne.  Founding  Director,  More Than  Opera  (from 2000). Conductor, Melbourne Chamber Choir (from 2013). International guest conducting.

David’s first composition, a film score, was recorded in 1966. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music and has since produced incidental music, songs, orchestral overtures, a children’s opera and many arrangements. He has also taught orchestration at the Victorian College of the Arts. On September 9, 2017, at Hamer Hall, David will conduct the world premiere of his composition Peace – a Cantata for John Monash for adult and children’s choirs, four soloists and orchestra.

David is proud to be associated again with Melbourne Opera, especially following the Company’s pioneering project Tannhäuser, demonstrating that Melbourne’s iconic Regent Theatre is a live-singing opera-friendly venue. He last conducted Lohengrin in 1977 in Mannheim and the work has remained one of his favourite early Wagner operas.

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