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Sir Andrew Davis

Music Director and Principal Conductor

Bio

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.

Upcoming Performances

Second Nature

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lincoln Park Zoo

Second Nature

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lincoln Park Zoo

Second Nature

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lincoln Park Zoo

Second Nature

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lincoln Park Zoo

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Friday, December 11, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Domingo + Martinez Concert

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Dmitri Hvorostovsky Recital

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Friday, March 4, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Monday, March 7, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Friday, March 11, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Der Rosenkavalier

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

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