Martin Handley

Martin has combined performing musically and vocally for as long as he can remember!

At school and university he was always playing the violin, or the piano, conducting or acting. He's spent most of his life since trying to combine his love of music and theatre by working in opera. He began as a repetiteur in Germany, before breaking off to do a post-graduate acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. But the lure of the opera house proved too great, and he spent three years as chorusmaster for Australian Opera.

On Martin's return to the UK to fill the same position with ENO, he found the stresses of the job were best ameliorated by working as a broadcaster for the BBC World Service at night! If the 80s was his chorus-mastering decade, then since the nineties Martin's been conducting up and down the U.K. and in Germany, France, Ireland, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and in Copenhagen, where he spent two seasons as head of music for the Royal Danish Opera. He also 'sang' Tristan at the first night of David Pountney's production of Wagner's opera there, but that's another story!

Martin enjoys coaching young singers starting out on their careers, and works regularly for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the National Opera Studio, and the Royal Academy of Music.