After graduating from St John’s College, Cambridge, countertenor Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His honors include a 2017 Olivier Award nomination for Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance, which ran in London’s West End and on Broadway.
On the opera stage Mr. Davies has appeared at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; English National Opera; Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; The Metropolitan Opera; Chicago Lyric Opera; and houses in Munich, Vienna, and Zurich. Recent highlights include returns to the Bavarian Staatsoper (as Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina), The Metropolitan Opera (Terry in Nico Muhly’s Marnie), and Lyric Opera of Chicago (Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante).
In 2019–20 he reprises the role of Ottone at the Royal Opera and The Met. In concert, he joins not only the New York Philharmonic and Harry Bicket for Handel’s Messiah, but also Fretwork for a US tour, Laurence Cummings and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Bucharest for Gluck’s Orfeo, Emmanuelle Haïm and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for Bach’s St. John Passion, and the Britten Sinfonia for the world premiere of Tim Watts’s A World in the Moone.
A committed recitalist, Iestyn Davies is a regular guest at Carnegie Hall, and he has curated residencies at London’s Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall in the UK. In September, Mr. Davies celebrated his 40th birthday with a special concert at Wigmore Hall, which presented him with its Gold Medal. Other honors include the Gramophone Recital Award, which he received twice, the Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award in 2017, for his Bach disc with Arcangelo led by Jonathan Cohen, and an MBE for his services to music.