American countertenor David Daniels is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presence and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty, which have helped him redefine the countertenor voice for the modern public.
Highlights include the title role in Orfeo (Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago); Orlando, Tamerlano and Rinaldo (Bayerische Staatsoper); the title role in Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne); Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Gran Teatro del Liceu); Bertarido Rodelinda (Bolshoi) and his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Trinculo in Adès’ The Tempest. He also created the role of Oscar Wilde in Theodore Morrison’s opera Oscar in Santa Fe. He is admired for his performances of lieder and art song and has given recitals in New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, Moscow and at the Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals.
David was the recipient of Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 1999 and the 1997 Richard Tucker Award. He was also the recipient of an Opera News Award in 2013. He is Professor of Music at the University of Michigan.
In 2017 Iestyn was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to Music. A former Cambridge choral scholar, he went on to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music. An esteemed Handelian, he has astounded audiences globally with his vocal agility in roles such as Orlando, Rinaldo, Ottone/Agrippina and David/Saul. This year he will make his role debut as Giulio Cesare. His intelligent and considered interpretations have led to fruitful collaborations with Thomas Ades, George Benjamin and Nico Muhly. An engaging recitalist, with repertoire ranging from Dowland to Clapton, he has twice been awarded the Gramophone Recital Award for his recital recordings. His outstanding west-end theatre project, Farinelli and the King, with Mark Rylance, will be staged on Broadway later this year.
The leading virtuoso counter-tenor of our time, Franco Fagioli is renowned as much for his artistry as for the beauty of his voice and masterful technique, spanning three octaves.
Highlights in his 2016/17 season include his début for the Opéra national de Paris in the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo, Arsace in Rossini’s Semiramide for the Opéra National de Lorraine, Piacere in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno for the Opéra de Lille and Theatre de Caen, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, and concerts featuring scenes and arias by Rossini in Paris, Zurich and Moscow.
He has also appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zurich, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Theater and der Wien and Théâtre des Champs Elysées. He collaborates regularly with such conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alan Curtis, Gabriel Garrido, René Jacobs, José Manuel Quintana, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti and Christophe Rousset.