A celebrated recitalist, with repertoire ranging from Dowland to Clapton, Iestyn has won a Grammy Award, three Gramophone Awards for solo recital recordings, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the Year and the 2013 Critics’ Circle Awards for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer).
After graduating in Archaeology and Anthropology from St John’s College, Cambridge, Iestyn Davies studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London. An esteemed Handelian, he has delighted audiences globally with his vocal agility in roles such as Orlando, Rinaldo, Ottone (Agrippina) and David (Saul). His intelligent and considered interpretations have led to fruitful collaborations with Thomas Adès, Sir George Benjamin and Nico Muhly.
Davies received an Olivier Award nomination for singing the role of Farinelli in Farinelli and the King opposite Mark Rylance at the Shakespeare’s Globe. The produc- tion was subsequently performed in the West End and on New York’s Broadway.
On the opera stage Davies has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Salzburger Festspiele. In concert, his appearances have included Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tonhalle in Zurich, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Barbican in London, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York and BBC Proms.
In 2017 Davies was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to music.