Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
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 Partenope for the New York City Opera; Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera; Apollo 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 The Tempest and Oberon; the Lyric Opera of Chicago Rinaldo; Bertarido Rodelinda English National Opera; and his debuts at the Munich and Vienna Festivals and the Opéra Comique, Paris in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin.
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 Centre and at the BBC Proms. He recently made his debut, in recital, at Carnegie Hall, New York. He enjoys a successful relationship with the Wigmore Hall, where, in the 2012
season, he curated his own Residency. His new CD The Art of Melancholy, a recital of songs by Dowland, was released in April 2014
Future engagements include the title role in Rinaldo at the Glyndebourne Festival; concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra; and returns to Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
He is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2010
Young Artist of the year prize, the 2012
Gramophone Recital Award and the recipient of the 2013
Critics’ Circle Awards for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer).