Sir Andrew Davis - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Music Director and Principal Conductor, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sir Andrew Davis

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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 began his 2014-15 season at Lyric Opera leading Don Giovanni (new production) and Capriccio. Following Lyric's 60th Anniversary Gala, Sir Andrew headed to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts, and then to the Metropolitan Opera to conduct Hänsel und Gretel and a new production of The Merry Widow. In the New Year, Sir Andrew returned to Lyric for Tannhäuser and the Lyric premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger. The rest of the season includes a return to Melbourne for the continuation of Sir Andrew's exploration of all the Mahler symphonies with the MSO, as well as Britten's War Requiem, and engagements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition, several recordings with Chandos Records are scheduled.

Sir Andrew's 2013-14 season began with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, leading the Verdi Requiem as well as two concerts including works of Tippett, Mozart, Britten, and Elgar. He then returned to Lyric Opera for the company's new production of Parsifal, the first of three operas he led for the company — the others wereRusalka (company premiere, new production) and La clemenza di Tito. Autumn also included a tour to the Far East with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other season highlights included Massenet's Cendrillon (Barcelona) and appearances with New York Philharmonic and the Toronto, Montreal, and Boston symphony orchestras, as well as a return to the BBCSO. The spring brought 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 Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Sir Andrew then returned to Melbourne for a Strauss-Mahler program.  

Conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (he was previously that ensemble's former principal conductor), Sir Andrew is also 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 other 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. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

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