Sir Andrew Davis - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Music Director and Principal Conductor, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis Photo 1 Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. He began his tenure as chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in January 2013.   

The English conductor begins his 2013-14 season with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, leading the Verdi Requiem as well as two concerts including works of Tippett, Mozart, Britten, and Elgar. He will then return to Lyric Opera for the company’s new production of Parsifal, the first of three operas he will lead for the company -- the others are Rusalka (company premiere in February) and La clemenza di Tito (March).  Autumn also includes a tour to the Far East with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other season highlights include Massenet’s Cendrillon (Barcelona), appearances with New York Philharmonic and the Toronto, Montreal, and Boston symphony orchestras, as well as a return to the BBCSO for concerts and London. May brings Sir Andrew to the Leipzig Gewandhaus, prior to two important engagements leading works of Elgar: King Olaf with the Bergen Philharmonic and The Dream of Gerontius with the DeutschesSymphonie-Orchester Berlin. Maestro Davis then returns to Melbourne for a Strauss-Mahler program.   

Sir Andrew is conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (he was previously that ensemble’s former principal conductor), conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has led performances at many of the world’s most important opera houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, the Bayreuth Festival, and the major companies of Munich, Paris, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. In addition to those ensembles previously mentioned, he has appeared  with virtually every internationally prominent orchestra, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and all the major British orchestras.

A vast discography documents Sir Andrew’s artistry, with recent CDs including works of Elgar, Delius, Holst, and York Bowen (this last received a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance). In 1992 Maestro Davis was created a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. Last June he received an honorary doctorate from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

For further information, please visit Sir Andrew’s website.