Conductor and composer, born in Los Palacios y Villafranca (Seville, Spain), is one of the young spanish directors with the greatest projection in the fields of lyrical and symphonic music and dance at both the national and international level.

He is actually one of the principal guest conductor in the Spanish National Ballet, and recently he did his debut in Asia conducting the opening the season 2020-21 of National Taiwan Opera House with the Taipei Operan and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, conducting the first double production in the history of Asia and Asia Pacific of El amor brujo-La vida breve (Manuel de Falla) with an important repercussion. In recent years he has been invited like conductor to work at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano (Orchestra Reggionale dalla Lombardia), Teatro Lírico Guiseppe Verdi di Trieste, Seville's Maestranza Theater or the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville on a regular basis. His versatility gives him the ability to perform in both the symphonic and the operatic fields, regularly working with the main theatres and orchestras in countries such as England, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Moldavia, Albania, etc.

In recent years he has been of particular importance as a composer are his recently  commissioned  for important musical institution, choral and orchestral, groups in the field of contemporary music and his noteworthy collaboration with dance troupes, where we stand out the National Ballet of Spain (tittles as Invocación Bolera, Jauleña or La Bella Otero), Rafaela Carrasco's company (Composing Salón de Baile) for the Flamenco Biennial in Seville, or for the International Festival of Italica with Ruben Olmo's company (Ballet La Muerte del Minotauro) or performing contemporary dance with Manuela Nogales' company (Writing music for Silencio&Ruido).

In the world of flamenco he was called for a few of the more important Flamenco Stars (Flamenco dancer Rafaela Carrasco, Rubén Olmo, flamenco guitar Rafael Riqueni, etc.) to their new productions, conducting many times the Orquesta Bética de Cámara wich Manuel de Falla Created in 1924.

After building a strong background in this field in Spain (C.S.M. Sevilla), Italy (Chigiana Academy with Gelmetti, Siena, Opera Verona), Switzerland (Lucerna Festival with B. Haytink), or England (London), his career working as the main conductor along with work as an assistant conductor for the lyrics of important masters such as Maurizio Benini, Carlo Rizzi, Corrado Rovais, Cristóbal Soler or Pedro Halffter, has given him the opportunity to work with orchestras including the BBC London Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philarmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Regionale dalla Lombardía (I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano), Orchestra Regionale della Fondazione Teatro Lirico di Trieste, the Opera Orchestra and National Ballet of Moldavia, the Orchestra of the Baremboim-Said Academy, the Opera Orchestra and National Ballet of Albania, the Symphony Orchestra of Navarra, the RTVE Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, the Symphony Orchestra of Portugal, the Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, the Symphony Orchestra of Granada, the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (in which he obtained the first job position in 2015), the Orchestra of Soloists of London, the Symphony Orchestra of Brasov, the Orchestra della fondazione Bulgaria Classic, the Chamber Orchestra of l’Arena de Verona.

As a conductor of opera and zarzuela he has developed an extensive repertoire and wide experience directing operas such as La Traviata (G. Verdi), Rigolleto (G. Verdi), Aida (G. Verdi), Otello (G. Verdi), Falstaff (G. Verdi), Tannhäuser (R. Wagner), Der König Kandaules (A. Zemlinsky), Werther (J. Massenet), Carmen (G. Bizet), La Bohème (G. Puccini), Turandot (G.Puccini), Tosca (G. Puccini), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (G. Rossini), Anna Bolena (G. Donizetti), Don Pasquale (G. Donizetti), Norma (V. Bellini), a lot of spanish repertoire like La Verbena de la Paloma (T. Bretón), or La Revoltosa (R. Chapí), among others, and of particular note is Tenorio (T. Marco) in the 21st -century repertoire, as example of opera lesser-know which he is trying to give known.

His compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Madrid Community Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the ROSS, the Youth Orchestra and Choir of Andalusia, the Symphonic Orchestra of Extremadura, the Orchestra of Baremboim-Said Academy, the Ensemble of the Boulogne-Billancourt conservatoire of Paris, Bética Chamber Orchestra of Seville and the Symphonic Orchestra of Navarra, Dúo Lisus, in theatres such as the National Lyric Theatre or the Maestranza Theatre, the Festival of Contemporary Music of Cordoba, Villamarta Theatre of Jerez and broadcasted by RTVE or RTVA. It is important to note that he has also performed several works in the field of contemporary dance and flamenco for important figures such as Rubén Olmo, Fernando Romero or Manuela Nogales, as well as his collaboration in different editions of festivals as in the Flamenco Biennial of Seville, Festival Flamenco de Jerez, or Italica International Festival of Contemporany Dance. 

Last but by no means least, it is important to note that he has also created literary works, especially in the field of poetry, and his Cuaderno Sonoro (a poetry book published in 2019 by Ediciones Pangea) is the best example of this. He has also written articles and forewords for various cultural magazines and has written scripts for several musical plays.

MANUEL BUSTO | Biography

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