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 Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea/Monteverdi) for Zürich Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsace (Partenope/Handel) for New York City Opera; Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Britten) for Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera and The Metropolitan Opera, New York; Apollo (Death in Venice/Britten) for English National Opera and in his house debut at La Scala, Milan; Hamor (Jephtha/Handel) for Welsh National Opera and Opera National de Bordeaux; Steffani’s Niobe at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; his debut at The Metropolitan Opera Unulfo (Rodelinda/Handel) where he has also appeared as Trinculo The Tempest; the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Rinaldo; Bertarido Rodelinda for English National Opera; his debuts at the Opéra Comique and the Munich and Vienna Festivals in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin and the title role Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
In concert he has performed at La Scala, the Concertgebouw, Tonhalle, the Barbican, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lincoln Centre and the BBC Proms. He has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Wigmore Hall, where he has curated his own Residency.
Recent highlights and future engagements include a theatre project entitled Farinelli and the King at The Globe and subsequently at the Duke of York’s Theatre with Mark Rylance; concerts with the New York Philharmonic; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, David Saul for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. A European tour of Handel’s Orlando with the English Concert, also a Japanese recital tour debut; he also will make returns to London’s Wigmore Hall and the Salzburg Festival.
A prolific recording artist, Iestyn Davies is the recipient of the 2014 Gramophone Recital Award for his disc Arise, my muse on the Wigmore Live label.