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

 
  • 20:00 28 Apr 2018 Severance Hall, USA More info  

    GABRIELI ARR. HIGGINS Sacrae symphoniae, Canzon per Sonar Septimi Toni No. 2
    GABRIELI ARR. HIGGINS Sacrae symphoniae, Canzon per Sonar in Echo Duodecimi Toni
    ARVO PÄRT Magnificat
    GABRIELI ARR. HIGGINS Sacrae symphoniae, O Magnum Mysterium
    AARON JAY KERNIS “I Cannot Dance O Lord” from Ecstatic Meditations (chorus only)
    ANDREA GABRIELI Fantasia Allegra, solo organ
    Interval
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV 170
    FRANZ LISZT Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” S259

    Conductor: Franz Welser-möst
    Countertenor: Iestyn Davies
    Organ: Paul Jacobs 

  • 20:00 05 May 2018 Music Hall Cincinnati, USA More info  

    JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Platée
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Partenope
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rinaldo – Aria: Cara Sposa (Rinaldo)

    Director: Harry Bicket
    Counter Tenor: Iestyn Davies

  • 14:00 06 May 2018 Music Hall Cincinnati, USA More info  

    JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Platée
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Partenope
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rinaldo – Aria: Cara Sposa (Rinaldo)

    Director: Harry Bicket
    Counter Tenor: Iestyn Davies

  • 16:35 19 Jul 2018 Glyndebourne Festival Opera, LEWES More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Saul

    Conductor: Laurence Cummings
    Saul/Appariion of Samuel: Markus Brück
    David: Iestyn Davies
    Jonathan: Allan Clayton
    Merab: Karina Gauvin
    Michal: Anna Devin
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Discography