Anthony Kraus was educated at St Paul’s School and read Music at Bristol University, where he was also University Organ Scholar. Further studies followed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won the Ricordi Conducting Prize for his performances of Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Viktor Ullmann), and the National Opera Studio, supported by Welsh National Opera.
As a conductor, chorus master and accompanist he has worked throughout the UK and Europe. He has worked for many British and European opera companies, including English Touring Opera, The Grange Festival, Almeida Opera, Bampton Classical Opera, The Opera Project, Opéra National du Rhin (Strasbourg), Rossini Festival (Pesaro). He was Organist of St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, and has also worked extensively with the Royal School of Church Music. In 2000 he undertook the trainee repetiteur scheme at English National Opera, becoming a full member of the music staff later that year.
From 2003 until 2017 he was on the staff of Opera North, appointed as Chorus Master, and subsequently as Acting Head of Music and Assistant Head of Music. While on the music staff there he conducted several productions, including The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Cautionary Tales! (Errolyn Wallen), The Bartered Bride, L’enfant et les sortileges (Ravel), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Carousel (Rogers and Hammerstein), Ruddigore (Gilbert & Sullivan) and Joshua (Handel). He has also appeared with the Orchestra of Opera North and Sinfonia Viva in concert, and is Music Director of the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and Associate Music Director, Sinfonia of Leeds. He has also worked regularly with the Leeds Festival Chorus, and with Huddersfield Choral Society and Sheffield Philharmonic Choir.
Future plans include conducting Madama Butterfly for Opera North, Hansel & Gretel for the Royal Northern College of Music, Falstaff for Garsington Opera (as assistant), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Grange Festival.