Musical Director

      José Aparicio is director and conductor for Napier Civic Choir.
    José Aparicio was born in Alcante, Spain.  He studied flute and music in Alicante ----- and after graduation he began his career as a professonal flute player, becoming principal flute in the Chamber Orchestra of Elche and Symphonic Orchestra of Alicante.

    He was accepted onto the Post-Diploma Orchestral Training Programme as a flautist, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD), London in 1999.  Through leading several chamber groups whilst studying,
    José developed an interest in conducting, attending master-classes with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Manuel Hernandez Silva, and establishing ensembles at the GSMD, which he conducted in concert. In order to prepare a recital conducting Mozart arias, Jose took several singing lessons and as a result, was strongly encouraged to follow singing as a career.  The following year, having completed his Orchestral Training, he began his studies of singing, making direct entry onto the second year undergraduate singing course at GSMD which he completed in 2002.  Jose them attended the two-year Opera Course at GSMD, studying with Paula Anglin and Adrian Thompson.

    José won second prize in Guildhall's bi-annual Gold Medal in May 2003, held in the Barbican Hall, London.  

    Oratorio performances include works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelsson and Beethoven and operatic performances include roles and extracts from Puccini's La Boheme, Donizetti's L'Elisir D'amor, Britten's Rape of Lucretia and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Massenet's Werther, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, Stravinksy's The Rake's Progress and Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  

    Roles include Leander in Nielsen's Masquerade, Benedict in Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict and Basilio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Belfiore in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, Beppe in Donizetti's Rita, Dorvil in Rossini's La Scala di Seta, Calandrino in Oliver-Mozart's L'oca del Cairo, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme.  Most recently he sang Frisellino in Haydn's Le Pescatrici for Wien Kammeroper (February 2009), and was the tenor soloist in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde at Valencia's Palau de la Musica, under Juan Antonio Ramirez (April 2009).

    Throughout his predominantly singing career, Jose has dedicated much time and energy to developing his skills as a conductor as well as continuing performing and teaching the flute.  José's musical education has been a thorough one.  His understanding and knowledge of repertoire is extensive, his perspective one of both performer and director.  Jose's passion for both orchestral and choral repertoire has grown over time, and shows no sign of abating. 

    Following the birth of his daughter, José emigrated to New Zealand in 2009.  He is currently Artistic Director of both the Napier Civic Choir and Opera Hawke’s Bay.
    José Aparicio
    Musical Director/Conductor