Stuart Stratford read music at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, studying conducting with David Parry and later in Russia, at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire, Symphonic and Operatic Conducting Faculty, for three years. He was the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in 1999 and 2000.
He made his debut for English National Opera in 2004 and returned there in February 2010 with Philip Glass's Satyagraha. For Opera North he has conducted Pagliacci, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the new Jonathan Dove opera, Swanhunter.
He is a regular conductor at Opera Holland Park and has staged performances of Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Jenufa, Iolanta, Katya Kabanova, La Forza del Destino, L'amico Fritz and Rigoletto.
He has worked at the Almeida Opera Festival and has given many first performances of major new works: Tobias and the Angel (Dove), Ion (Param Vir), Kantan (Goehr), L'altra Euridice (Dove), Ariadne (Langer) and The Embalmer (Batistelli). He has staged The Turn of the Screw, Falstaff and Pagliacci for English Touring Opera, and Francesca Zambello’s La Boheme with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Albert Hall.
For Opera Rara he made his debut recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Mercadante’s I Normanni a Parigi.