After graduating with degrees in archaeology and anthropology from St John’s College, Cambridge, Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. An esteemed Handelian, he has astounded audiences globally with his vocal agility in roles such as Orlando, Rinaldo, Ottone / Agrippina and David / Saul. His intelligent and considered interpretations have led to fruitful collaborations with Thomas Adés, George Benjamin, and Nico Muhly.
Mr. Davies was nominated for an Olivier Award for the role of Farinelli in Farinelli and the King opposite Mark Ryalnce, a Globe Theatre production that had successful runs on the West End and Broadway. He has appeared at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Salzburg Festival, as well as in Munich, Vienna, and Zurich.
The countertenor’s concert engagements have included Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with Gustavo Dudamel, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestras with Ton Koopman, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, New York’s Lincoln Center, and, in London, the Barbican as well as the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. He has performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Concert, Britten Sinfonia, Concerto Köln, Concerto Copenhagen, Ensemble Matheus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
A committed recitalist, his repertoire ranges from Dowland to Eric Clapton. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and enjoys a successful relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall, where he has curated residencies.
Iestyn Davies has won a Grammy Award, three Gramophone Awards for recital recordings, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the Year, and the 2013 Critics’ Circle Awards for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer). In 2017 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to music.