Counter-tenor

Iestyn Davies

“Iestyn Davies reigns supreme among countertenors.”
The Independent, 5 December 2015

Introduction

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.


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Performance Schedule

  • 19:00 30 Jul 2017 Royal Albert Hall, LONDON More info  

    MACMILLAN: A European Requiem
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony no. 9

    CBSO Chorus
    BBC National Chorus of Wales
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Conductor Xian Zhang

    Soprano Erin Wall
    Mezzo Soprano Sonia Prina
    Counter-tenor IESTYN DAVIES
    Tenor SIMON O’NEILL
    Baritone Jacques Imbrailo
    Bass ALEXANDER VINOGRADOV

  • 19:30 11 Aug 2017 St Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny, KILKENNY More info  

    HANDEL ‘Giulio Cesare in Egitto’

    Conductor, Christian Curnyn

    Giulio Cesare: IESTYN DAVIES
    Cleopatra: Anna Devin
    Tolomeo: Rupert enticknap
    Sesto: Rachel Kelly
    Cornelia: Hilary Summers
    Achilla: Calum Thorpe
    Nireno: James Hall

  • 22:00 13 Aug 2017 St John's Priory, KILKENNY More info  

    JOHNSON: Have You Seen The Bright Lily Grow
    DOWLAND: Flow My Tears
    CAMPION: Never Weather Beaten Sail

    DOWLAND: Mrs Winter’s Jump
    DOWLAND: Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
    DOWLAND: The King of Denmark’s Galliard

    DOWLAND: Can She Excuse My Wrongs
    DOWLAND: In Darkness Let Me Dwell
    DOWLAND/ANON: Fortune My Foe

    MUHLY: Old Bones

    KAPSBERGER: Toccata No. 6
    DALZA: Calata

    DOWLAND: Behold A Wonder Here
    DOWLAND: Sorrow Stay
    DOWLAND: Now, Oh Now, My Needs Must Part

    Countertenor: IESTYN DAVIES
    Lute: Thomas Dunford

  • 11:00 22 Aug 2017 Queen's Hall Edinburgh, EDINBURGH More info  

    TELEMANN: Overture in D Major TWV55
    J.S BACH: Widerstehe doch der Sünde BWV 54
    *** Interval ***
    TELEMANN: Trio in E-flat major TWV42
    J.S BACH: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben BWV 169

    Director: Richard Egarr

    COUNTER TENOR: IESTYN DAVIES

    Academy of Ancient Music

  • 11:00 24 Aug 2017 Queen's Hall Edinburgh, EDINBURGH More info  
    More Info Coming Soon...
  • 20:00 26 Oct 2017 Metropolitan Opera Company, NEW YORK More info  

    ADES: ‘The Exterminating Angel’

    Conductor: THOMAS ADES
    Director: Tom Cairns

    Leticia Maynar: Audrey Luna
    Lucia de Nobile: Amanda Echalaz
    Silvia de Ávila: Sally Matthews
    Beatriz: SOPHIE BEVAN
    Leonora Palma: Alice coote
    Blanca Delgado: CHRISTINE RICE
    Francisco de Ávila: IESTYN DAVIES
    Edmundo de Nobile: Joseph Kaiser
    Raúl Yebenes: FREDERIC ANTOUN
    Eduardo: David Portillo
    Colonel Álvaro Gómez: David Adam Moore
    Alberto Roc: ROD GILFRY
    Señor Russell: Kevin Burdette
    Julio: Christian Van Horn
    Doctor Carlos Conde: John Tomlinson

Performance Schedule

  • 19:00 30 Jul 2017
    Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

    MACMILLAN: A European Requiem
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony no. 9

    CBSO Chorus
    BBC National Chorus of Wales
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Conductor Xian Zhang

    Soprano Erin Wall
    Mezzo Soprano Sonia Prina
    Counter-tenor IESTYN DAVIES
    Tenor SIMON O’NEILL
    Baritone Jacques Imbrailo
    Bass ALEXANDER VINOGRADOV

  • 19:30 11 Aug 2017
    St Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny, KILKENNY

    HANDEL ‘Giulio Cesare in Egitto’

    Conductor, Christian Curnyn

    Giulio Cesare: IESTYN DAVIES
    Cleopatra: Anna Devin
    Tolomeo: Rupert enticknap
    Sesto: Rachel Kelly
    Cornelia: Hilary Summers
    Achilla: Calum Thorpe
    Nireno: James Hall

  • 22:00 13 Aug 2017
    St John's Priory, KILKENNY

    JOHNSON: Have You Seen The Bright Lily Grow
    DOWLAND: Flow My Tears
    CAMPION: Never Weather Beaten Sail

    DOWLAND: Mrs Winter’s Jump
    DOWLAND: Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
    DOWLAND: The King of Denmark’s Galliard

    DOWLAND: Can She Excuse My Wrongs
    DOWLAND: In Darkness Let Me Dwell
    DOWLAND/ANON: Fortune My Foe

    MUHLY: Old Bones

    KAPSBERGER: Toccata No. 6
    DALZA: Calata

    DOWLAND: Behold A Wonder Here
    DOWLAND: Sorrow Stay
    DOWLAND: Now, Oh Now, My Needs Must Part

    Countertenor: IESTYN DAVIES
    Lute: Thomas Dunford

  • 11:00 22 Aug 2017
    Queen's Hall Edinburgh, EDINBURGH

    TELEMANN: Overture in D Major TWV55
    J.S BACH: Widerstehe doch der Sünde BWV 54
    *** Interval ***
    TELEMANN: Trio in E-flat major TWV42
    J.S BACH: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben BWV 169

    Director: Richard Egarr

    COUNTER TENOR: IESTYN DAVIES

    Academy of Ancient Music

  • 11:00 24 Aug 2017
    Queen's Hall Edinburgh, EDINBURGH
    More Info Coming Soon...
  • 20:00 26 Oct 2017
    Metropolitan Opera Company, NEW YORK

    ADES: ‘The Exterminating Angel’

    Conductor: THOMAS ADES
    Director: Tom Cairns

    Leticia Maynar: Audrey Luna
    Lucia de Nobile: Amanda Echalaz
    Silvia de Ávila: Sally Matthews
    Beatriz: SOPHIE BEVAN
    Leonora Palma: Alice coote
    Blanca Delgado: CHRISTINE RICE
    Francisco de Ávila: IESTYN DAVIES
    Edmundo de Nobile: Joseph Kaiser
    Raúl Yebenes: FREDERIC ANTOUN
    Eduardo: David Portillo
    Colonel Álvaro Gómez: David Adam Moore
    Alberto Roc: ROD GILFRY
    Señor Russell: Kevin Burdette
    Julio: Christian Van Horn
    Doctor Carlos Conde: John Tomlinson

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