Vocal Arts DC concludes its 2018-2019 season at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Tuesday evening, May 14 presenting internationally acclaimed artists countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford in a program they have titled “England’s Orpheus.” Comprised of songs, ballads and airs by three composers often likened during their lifetimes to the legendary musician of Greek mythology, the recital focuses on selections by John Dowland, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel. Mr. Davies’ recent career highlights have included starring roles in Metropolitan Opera premieres of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel and Nico Muhly’s Marnie (including “Live in HD” transmissions of both operas to movie theaters worldwide) and co-starring on Broadway opposite Mark Rylance in the hit play, Farinelli and the King. He and Mr. Dunford, described as “the Eric Clapton of the Lute,” collaborated on an acclaimed 2013 album of Dowland ballads, “Flow My Tears.”
Program to include selections by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, and J.S. Bach
WHO: Vocal Arts DC
WHAT: Concert of Iestyn Davies, countertenor and Thomas Dunford, lutenist
WHERE: Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington DC 20566
WHEN: Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30pm
at the Kennedy Center Box Office.
Charge by phone at (202) 467-4600, or online at www.kennedy-center.org.
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ABOUT IESTYN DAVIES:
After graduating from St John’s College, Cambridge, Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. An esteemed Handelian, he has delighted audiences globally in roles such as Orlando, Rinaldo, Ottone/Agrippina, David/Saul and Giulio Cesare. His intelligent and considered interpretations have led to collaborations with Thomas Adès, George Benjamin and Nico Muhly.
On the opera stage, he has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; English National Opera; La Scala, Milan; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; the Chicago Lyric Opera and in Munich, Vienna and Zurich.
In 2016/17 he delighted London theatre audiences singing the role of Farinelli in the play, Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance in the West End’s Duke of York Theatre and was nominated for an Olivier Award. The project transferred to Broadway in 2017/18.
In concert, he has performed at La Scala, Milan; the Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Tonhalle in Zurich; the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris; Lincoln Center New York and the BBC Proms. A committed recitalist, his repertoire ranges from Dowland to Clapton and he has performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, and enjoys a successful relationship with the Wigmore Hall where he has curated residencies.
The 2018/19 season includes returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Terry Rutland in Nico Muhly’s Marnie and to the Bayerische Staatsoper for Ottone in Agrippina. Concert appearances include performances with William Christie and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Labadie with Les Violons du Roy and the Handel and Haydn Society, Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo at the BBC Proms and a tour with Britten Sinfonia.
Iestyn has twice been awarded the Gramophone Recital Award and in 2017 won the Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award for his Bach Cantatas disc with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen. In 2017 Iestyn was awarded an MBE for his services to music.
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