Iestyn Davies counter-tenor

After graduating in Archaeology and Anthropology from St John’s College, Cambridge Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

He has sung the roles of Creonte in Steffani’s Niobe for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea for Zürich Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsace in Partenope for the New York City Opera; Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera; Apollo in Death in Venice for English National Opera and in his house debut at La Scala, Milan. He made his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in Rodelinda where he has also appeared as Trinculo in The Tempest and as Oberon; at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Rinaldo; at English National Opera as Bertarido in Rodelinda; at the Munich and Vienna Festivals and the Opéra Comique, Paris in George Benjamin's Written on Skin; and at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Rinaldo.

 In concert he has performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan with Dudamel; the Concertgebouw and Tonhalle with Koopman; and at the Barbican, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lincoln Centre and the BBC Proms. He recently made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. He enjoys a successful relationship with the Wigmore Hall where, in the 2012-13 season, he curated his own residency. His new CD The Art of Melancholy, a recital of songs by Dowland, was released in April 2014 by Hyperion.

Future engagements include concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra; return engagements at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, New York; as well as David in Saul for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

He is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2010 Young Artist of the year prize, the 2012 Gramophone Recital Award, the 2013 Critics’ Circle Awards for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer) and the 2014 Gramophone Recital Award for his disc Arise, my muse on the Wigmore Live label.


Recordings featuring Iestyn Davies

Chandos Anthems

Handel, George Frideric (1685–1759)

Academy of Ancient Music

Emma Kirkby soprano

Iestyn Davies alto

James Gilchrist tenor

Neal Davies bass

The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Stephen Layton conductor

2009, Hyperion CDA67737

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