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Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Globetrotting maestro Sir Andrew Davis maintains action-packed international performance and recording schedule

You might think Sir Andrew Davis would have taken a little time off after Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 57th season closed in late March.

Au contraire, Lyric’s intrepid music director left Chicago after his triumphs in overlapping productions of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Sir Andrew set off immediately in late January for Britten-Elgar concerts in Bamberg Germany, followed by performances with the London Philharmonic (Delius, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams) and recording sessions and concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and violinist Tasmin Little. He proceeded to New York to commence Don Giovanni rehearsals at the Metropolitan Opera in early February.

That’s a lot of air miles and music. And there’s more.

After his Met engagement concluded mid-March (and after he led the concert for the finals of the Met National Council Auditions), Sir Andrew headed back to London for rehearsals and performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (including Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and the premiere of Hugh Wood’s violin concerto), spent a week conducting in Rotterdam (Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Strauss), then re-crossed the Atlantic in early April for rehearsals and performances through late May of A Florentine Tragedy/Gianni Schicchi at Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. Between the Canadian Opera performances in early May Sir Andrew shuttled between Toronto and Chicago to rehearse with Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the ensembles’ first-ever collaborative concert at Symphony Center on May 7. He also led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Neilsen, Grieg, and Strauss between opera performances.

From Toronto Davis flew to Edinburgh for recording sessions with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for Chandos Records – in between rehearsals for The Damnation of Faust at Norway’s Bergen Music Festival. Sir Andrew briefly returned to Illinois to receive an honorary degree from Knox College in Galesburg June 2 (and to attend his son Edward’s graduation from Knox) before jetting back to Bergen for performances June 6-7, followed by recordings of Berlioz overtures with the Bergen Philharmonic.

Sir Andrew arrived in Australia in mid-June to make official his new position as chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, with a four-year contract beginning in January 2013. Over the course of two weeks he’ll lead concerts in Melbourne and Sydney; the first program comprises music by Brahms, Poulenc, and Bach/Davis; the second of Wagner and Strauss, with soprano Angela Denoke replacing Deborah Voigt, who has withdrawn for medical reasons.

Early July through the end of August will find Sir Andrew at Santa Fe Opera for rehearsals and performances of Strauss’s Arabella, starring soprano Erin Wall (a Ryan Opera Center alumna) in the title role – with a couple of trips to Glasgow between Arabella performances for rehearsals and the Aug. 10 opening of the Edinburgh Festival, conducting Delius’s “A Mass of Life.”

Davis will return to Melbourne after Arabella closes the third week of August. And then, by mid-September, he’ll be back at Lyric for the first three operas of the company’s 58th season: Strauss’s Elektra, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, and Massenet’s Werther – before he’s off and running again until rehearsals for Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Lyric start in January.

Sir Andrew Davis on the road:
June 22, 25
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne, Australia
Works by Bach/Davis, Poulenc and Brahms
Cameron Carpenter, organ

June 27
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne, Australia
Works by Wagner and Strauss
Angela Denoke, soprano

June 29, 30
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sydney, Australia
Works by Wagner and Strauss
Angela Denoke, soprano

July 28, Aug 1, 6
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
R. Strauss: Arabella

Aug 10
Edinburgh Festival opening concert
Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Delius: A Mass of Life

Aug 17, 23
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
R. Strauss: Arabella

Sir Andrew Davis at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2012-13:
Oct 6 – 30
Richard Strauss: Elektra (new production)
Christine Goerke, Jill Grove, Emily Magee, Alan Held; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; David McVicar, director; John Macfarlane, sets & costumes; Jennifer Tipton, lighting
Seven performances: Oct. 6, 10, 13, 19, 22, 26 (mat), 30

Oct 15 – Nov 9
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Thomas Hampson, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Krassimira Stoyanova, Frank Lopardo, Quinn Kelsey; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Elijah Moshinsky, director; Covent Garden production; Michael Yeargan, sets; Peter J. Hall, costumes; Duane Schuler, lighting
Eight performances: Oct. 15, 20, 24, 28 (mat), 31 (mat), Nov. 3, 6, 9

Nov 11 – 26
Massenet: Werther (new production)
Matthew Polenzani, Sophie Koch, Kiri Deonarine, Craig Verm; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Francisco Negrin, director; Louis Désiré, sets & costumes; Duane Schuler, lighting
Six performances: Nov. 11 (mat), 14, 17, 20, 23, 26

Feb 8 – Mar 3
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (new production)
James Morris, Johan Botha, Amanda Majeski, Bo Skovhus; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Marie Lambert, director; David McVicar original production; Vicki Mortimer, sets & costumes; Paule Constable, lighting
Seven performances: Feb. 8, 12, 16, 20, 23, 27 (mat), Mar. 3 (mat)

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