Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sir Andrew Davis


Sir Andrew Davis largeBel Canto Q&A with Music Director Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis
has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000 and was named a vice president of Lyric’s Board of Directors in 2011. He is conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he has led concerts at the Proms and on tour to Hong Kong, Japan, the U.S., and Europe. He has conducted all of the world’s major orchestras, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Berlin Philharmonic to Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, as well as at opera houses and festivals from the Metropolitan Opera to La Scala to the Bayreuth Festival. In August he opens the Edinburgh Festival with the Delius Mass of Life. Recent releases in his vast discography include works of Elgar, Delius, Holst, and York Bowen. In 1992, Davis was named a Commander of the British Empire for his services to British music; in 1999, he was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. In 1991, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society/Charles Heidsieck Music Award. Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Maestro Davis resides in Chicago with his wife, soprano Gianna Rolandi, who is the director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In Lyric’s 2012-13 season, he will conduct Elektra, Simon Boccanegra, Werther, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He has led performances of several orchestral world premieres. Bel Canto will be his first world-premiere opera. http://sirandrewdavis.com/