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Wyn Davies


Wyn Davies was born in South Wales and graduated from Christ Church Oxford.  He works with a wide range of opera companies, orchestras, theatre companies, in the West End and in cabaret. He has been Director of Music to New Zealand Opera since 2005 where his most recent productions have been Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata and Katya Kabanova.

Wyn Davies first worked with Welsh National Opera. He conducted a wide variety of repertoire there, including his own edition of Monteverdi’s  L’Incoronazione di Poppea as well as Janáček cycles and Krása’s children’s opera Brundibar (televised).

He later spent two years as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and undertook two seasons for the Banff Centre in Canada, which included the award-winning production of Weill’s Threepenny Opera in Toronto.

Wyn Davies has conducted the Welsh and English National Operas, Scottish Opera and Opera North, where his collaborations have been frequent and successful from the co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company of Show Boat (also in the West End and on tour) to Madam Butterfly, The Merry Widow and two Gershwin musicals: Of Thee I Sing (also Bregenz) and Let ‘Em Eat Cake.

Wyn Davies has worked with the Hallé Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Millennium Concert), several BBC orchestras and many other orchestras from Serbia to New Zealand.

Recent projects include The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and La Cenerentola for New Zealand Opera; Street Scene at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; The Merry Widow at the Royal Northern College of Music; A Child of our Time for the National Youth Orchestra and Choir in New Zealand; Don Pasquale in Japan; Dido and Aeneas and La Voix Humaine for Opera North; La Cenerentola for Queensland Opera and Opera North and Under Milk Wood (an Opera) a co-production with Le Chien Qui Chante (Quebec), Companion Star (New York) and Welsh National Opera.

In 2018 Wyn’s plans include conducting Candide and L’Elisir d’Amore for New Zealand Opera.

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