Steuart Bedford is recognized as one of today’s leading experts on the works of Benjamin Britten. As a result of his collaboration with the composer, he has conducted Britten’s operas throughout the world, including the world premiere of Death in Venice (1973). From 1974 to 1998 he was joint artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival. Steuart has worked with many of the world’s greatest opera companies. He is also highly regarded for his interpretations of Mozart operas. Recent highlights include Salome (San Diego Opera), The Turn of the Screw (Central City Opera) and a production of Albert Herring for Aldeburgh Music. In the 2012–13 season he conducted Paul Bunyan for Chicago Opera Theatre and a production of Albert Herring at the Barbican.
In concert, Steuart has worked extensively with the English Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has had a highly successful career on disc and was the artistic director of the Britten Edition series of recordings.