Iestyn Davies

Iestyn Davies
Choral Scholar
1999 to 2002
1987 to 1993

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

In 2017 Iestyn received an Olivier Award nomination for singing the role of Farinelli in Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance, a Globe Theatre production which was revived in the West End and on Broadway.

On the opera stage he has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Chicago Lyric Opera and in Munich, Vienna and Zurich. Recent highlights include returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for Ottone/Agrippina, Terry/Marnie at the Metropolitan Opera and Polinesso/Ariodante at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2019/20 season he reprises the role of Ottone/Agrippina at the Royal Opera House and at the Metropolitan Opera.

Celebrated on the concert platform, he has performed at La Scala Milan, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tonhalle in Zurich, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, at the Barbican in London and Lincoln Centre New York. Recent highlights include concerts with William Christie and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy and the Handel & Haydn Society, Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo at the BBC Proms, and a highly acclaimed performance of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival with Labadie and the English Concert. This season he joins Fretwork for  Purcell and Nyman in an extensive tour of the U.S., Laurence Cummings and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Bucharest for Orfeo, Harry Bicket and the New York Philharmonic for Messiah, Emmanuel Haim and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for the St. John Passion, and will sing the world premiere of Tim Watts’ A World in the Moone on tour with the Britten Sinfonia.

A committed recitalist, with repertoire ranging from Dowland to Clapton, he is a regular guest at Carnegie Hall, New York and has curated residencies at both the Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall. At the start of the season, Iestyn celebrated his 40th birthday with a special concert at the Wigmore Hall, where he was presented their prestigious Gold Medal.

Iestyn has twice been awarded the Gramophone Recital Award, and in 2017 won the Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award for his Bach Cantatas disc with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen. In 2017 he was awarded an MBE for his services to music.

Latest webcast

Recorded on
15 March 2022
  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 18 vv. 1-6 (tone i)
  • Readings: Ezekiel 36.22-27, Acts 19.1-10
  • Howells (Collegium Regale)
  • Elgar: Give unto the Lord
  • Voluntary: Bach  Prelude in C minor

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