Iestyn Davies is a British countertenor widely recognized as one of the world’s finest singers.
Celebrated for the beauty and technical dexterity of his voice and intelligent musicianship, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List 2017 for services to music. Critical recognition of Iestyn’s work can be seen in two Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, a RPS Award for Young Singer of the Year, the Critics’ Circle Award and recently an Olivier Award Nomination.
In 2015 he delighted London theater audiences singing the role of Farinelli in the play Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance at the Globe Theatre. The hugely successful project transferred to the West End and was nominated for a number of Olivier Awards. Recent highlights have included two Bach recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival; Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Aldeburgh Festival; Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin with Julius Drake at Middle Temple Hall in London; Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera and Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance on Broadway.
His previous operatic engagements include Ottone in The Coronation of Poppea for Zürich Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsace in Partenope for New York City Opera; Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera; Apollo in Death in Venice for English National Opera and La Scala; Hamor in Jephtha for Welsh National Opera and Opera National de Bordeaux; Steffani’s Niobe at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Unulfo in Rodelinda where he has also appeared as Trinculo in The Tempest; Eustazio in Rinaldo with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Bertarido in Rodelinda for English National Opera; his debuts at the Opéra Comique and the Munich and Vienna Festivals in George Benjamin's Written on Skin and the title role of Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He returned to Glyndebourne in 2015 for David in Handel’s Saul. (IestynDavies.com)