Sir John Eliot Gardiner is conducting Verdi's Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House from this Friday, 30 March, to 17 April.
Gardiner studied History and Classics at King's, graduating in 1965. He was already conducting by the time he came to King's, and founded the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 whilst still at Cambridge.
He formed the Monteverdi Orchestra in 1968 to complement the choir. The orchestra began playing period instruments in 1977, and changed its name to the English Baroque Soloists.
Gardiner is best known for his interpretations of Baroque music played on these instruments, though he has recorded many works from later periods, and with many different orchestras. He was awarded a CBE in 1990 and is an Honorary Fellow of King's.
The Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 17 April. For details of this and all performances see the Royal Opera House website.