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Sir Andrew Davis

Music Director & Principal Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis


Sir Andrew Davis

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.  

In the 2015-16 season, Sir Andrew conducts four operas at Lyric:  La Cenerentola, Wozzeck, The Merry Widow, and the world premiere of Bel Canto.  He will also conduct a concert featuring Placido Domingo and Ana María Martínez with the Lyric Opera Orchestra.  Following the opening of Bel Canto, Sir Andrew returns to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to conduct performances of his own re-orchestration of Handel’s Messiah.  Other engagements this season include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen and Royal Liverpool Philharmonics, as well as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra.  Additionally, Sir Andrew is scheduled to record numerous CD’s for Chandos Records. 

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 Mieczys┼éaw Weinberg's The Passenger. Following the end of the Lyric season, Sir Andrew returned 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.  Other engagements included the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as several recording sessions for Chandos records.

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 the 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, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst (nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for Best Choral Performance), and York Bowen (nominated for a Grammy in 2012 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.

Sir Andrew Davis Reflects on his First Opera:

Sir Andrew Davis Reflects on his Favorite Operas

60 Seconds with Sir Andrew Davis