Music Director & Principal Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000.

During the 2019-20 season, Sir Andrew will conduct six operas at Lyric: The Barber of Seville, The Queen of Spades, and the four operas of the Ring cycle (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung). In addition to returning to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew will also conduct his own orchestration of Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent engagements have included the Last Night of the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (he was previously that ensemble's principal conductor), Sir Andrew is also conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic 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 releases including programs of Berlioz and Ives, as well as his orchestration of Messiah. 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.

Sir Andrew Davis is the John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Endowed Chair.

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

Sir Andrew Davis, music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Photo: Peter Tarasiuk