Toi toi toi to Iestyn Davies, recently described as “…a countertenor voice in its prime…” who makes his role debut in the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival Opera this Saturday. This, his first return since 2008’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, sees him take on Handel’s first Italian opera which was written for the London stage.
This major new role comes at the end of a very busy season for Iestyn, which saw him undertake a hugely successful recital tour of the Canada and North America with the lutenist Thomas Dunford and also portray the role of Bertarido in Richard Jones’ new production of Handel’s Rodelinda for English National Opera. There will be no time for him to rest on his laurels however, since he will soon be appearing in Hong Kong with the Wells Cathedral School Choir before returning to the UK for Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Barbican with the Academy of Ancient Music. The rest of his very busy and varied season sees him flit between Cleveland, Vienna, Munich, New York and London!
Toi toi toi!