After graduating in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge Iestyn Davies studied at the RAM. For the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden he has sung Creonte in Steffani’s Niobe; title role Rinaldo and Ottone L'incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsace Partenope for the New York City Opera and English National Opera; Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Houston and London; Hamor Jephtha for Welsh National Opera and in Bordeaux; Apollo Death in Venice for ENO and at La Scala, Milan; Eustazio Rinaldo for the Lyric Opera of Chicago; his debuts at the Opéra Comique and the Munich and Vienna Festivals in George Benjamin's Written on Skin; and Unulfo Rodelinda in his debut at The Metropolitan Opera, New York, where he has also sung Trinculo The Tempest.
In concert he has performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan with Dudamel, the Concertgebouw and Tonhalle with Koopman and appeared at the Barbican, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Lincoln Center and at the BBC Proms.
His recordings include Handel's Messiah for Naxos, Handel's Chandos Anthems for Hyperion, Handel’s Flavio for Chandos with The Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn, his debut solo recording Live at the Wigmore Hall with his own Ensemble Guadagni, a disc of Porpora Cantatas with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo, a disc of Guadagni arias both for Hyperion. His new CD The Art of Melancholy, a recital of songs by Dowland, was released in April 2014 by Hyperion.
He is the recipient of the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Young Artist of the Year Award, 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.
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