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Davies, Iestyn (countertenor)
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Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

After graduating in Archaeology and Anthropology from St John’s College, Cambridge, Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

An esteemed Handelian, he has astounded audiences globally with his vocal agility in the title roles of Orlando and Rinaldo, and as Ottone in Agrippina and David in Saul. Iestyn’s intelligent and considered interpretations have led to fruitful collaborations with Thomas Adès, George Benjamin and Nico Muhly. Iestyn received an Olivier Award nomination for singing the role of Farinelli in Farinelli and the King opposite Mark Rylance in a Shakespeare’s Globe production that had successful runs on the West End and Broadway.

On the opera stage, he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Real (Madrid) and Salzburg Festival, and in Munich, Vienna and Zurich.

Concert engagements have included performances at the Teatro alla Scala with Gustavo Dudamel; the Royal Concertgebouw and Tonhalle with Ton Koopman; and the Barbican, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, The English Concert, Britten Sinfonia, Concerto Köln, Concerto Copenhagen, Ensemble Matheus, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

A committed recitalist, his repertoire ranges from Dowland to Clapton; he has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and enjoys a successful relationship with the Wigmore Hall where he has curated residencies.

He has won a Grammy Award and three Gramophone Awards for recital recordings, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, and the 2013 Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in the Voice category. In 2017 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to music.


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