The Royal Opera House today [September 5] announces the appointment of British violinist Magnus Johnston as Concert Master of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (OROH). Formally part of the Navarra Quartet, prior to his appointment, Magnus was Guest Leader of OROH for performances of The Magic Flute, Theodora, Lohengrin and Werther, working alongside conductors such as Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano, Harry Bicket and Royal Opera Music Director Designate, Jakub Hrůša. His first official performance with the OROH will be The Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote on Saturday 30 September. 

Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera said: ‘I am thrilled that Magnus will become part of the ROH family. His qualities as Concert Master were highlighted in the recent Werther production: beauty of sound, command and a palpable dramatic sense.’ 

Koen Kessels, Music Director of The Royal Ballet said: ‘I’m delighted that Magnus joins the Royal Opera House as Concert Master, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, and I look forward to working with him in the coming Seasons.’