Iestyn Davies Countertenor

© Chris Sorensen


studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His opera appearances include performances at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Lyric Opera Chicago, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Real Madrid, Salzburg Festival, in Munich, Vienna and Zurich. In the 2021-22 season, he sang Arsace (Partenope) in Madrid, Ottone (Agrippina) in Hamburg and Munich, and Bertarido (Rodelinda) at the Metropolitan Opera New York.

His concert engagements have included performances at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan with Gustavo Dudamel, the Concertgebouw and Tonhalle with Koopman and at the Barbican, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lincoln Centre in New York with orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, English Concert, Britten Sinfonia, Concerto Köln, Concerto Copenhagen, Ensemble Matheus, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has recently toured in France with the Ensemble Jupiter for Handel’s duets, performed Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s Radamisto with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in California.

Highlights of the 2022-23 season include a production creation to music by Dowland at the Barbican Center in London, concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York and Berlin Philharmonic , and Ottone (L'incoronazione di Poppea) in Versailles. He won three Gramophone Awards for his racial albums and took part in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest recording. He is also featured on the soundtracks of the films Kingdom of Heaven and The Last Duel. In 2017, he was awarded an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen for services to music.

Paris Opera debut 

Currently in

  • Palais Garnier
  • from 20 January to 16 February 2024

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