David Angus - Conductor
“It’s a marker of how far the company [Boston Lyric Opera] as a whole has come in the past few years to note that the star of the evening was seated in the pit. In recent seasons, music director David Angus has succeeded in turning what was once a wildly uneven ensemble – capable of a good performance one night and a desultorily raged read-through the next – into a sharply focused, musically expressive and stylistically nimble orchestra.”
Kalen Ratzlaff - Opera News Magazine, 1st June ‘12
David Angus is Music Director of Boston Lyric Opera (where his contract has recently been extended for a third time) following a very successful period as Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera in the USA and he returned to Wexford Festival Opera in autumn ’14 following his debut there in 2012.He conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra every season and is Honorary Conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.A natural empathy with young people has seen him as Associate Conductor at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in both concert and opera and as Vocal Consultant for several years to the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh.
David Angus’s conducting for Boston Lyric Opera (Obviously, David Angus’s equally nuanced conducting played a large part in the scene’s success. His subtle yet eloquent and warm rendering of Bellini’s [I Puritani] delicate web of reminiscences and orchestration was a sine qua non of this success. Joseph Morgan, The Boston Musical Intelligencer May 2014), Glimmerglass Opera ("David Angus’s conducting .... produced the most elegant and lively music-making of the weekend." New York Times, 25th July, ‘06) and Danish National Opera (“the Sjaelland Symphony Orchestra was in top form and sparklingly Italian under the leadership of the British conductor David Angus … Lolland-Falsters Folketidende, 27th February ‘06”) is being undertaken alongside his orchestral work which, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Flanders Symphony Orchestra, includes the Utah Symphony Orchestra (“...the spotlight at this weekend's Utah Symphony concert was clearly on guest conductor David Angus, who made a stunning debut in a program of Britten, Mahler and Bruckner.” Deseret News, 4th November ‘08), San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, OFUNAM in Mexico, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Brabants Orkest, Odense Symfoniorkester, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Brugense as well as others in Europe and N America and broadcasting for the BBC and abroad in Austria, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Italy and in Belgium on Klara.In the UK David Angus has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, the BBC’s Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and several times with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Mozart Players for concerts and recordings.
David Angus was brought up in Belfast.He was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks where his affinity with the music of Benjamin Britten began when he sang for the composer at Aldeburgh.He has had a continuing association with the Aldeburgh Festival since then, conducting, for example, “Albert Herring” at the Jubilee Hall and recording Britten's "Curlew River" on CD.He read music at Surrey University before being awarded a Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music where he won three Ricordi prizes for his opera conducting.He began his career as a répétiteur at Opera North then became chorus master and staff conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera where he conducted performances of "Die Zauberflöte", "Eugene Onegin" and Sir Michael Tippett's "New Year" and, for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, "Così fan tutte" and "Kát'a Kabanová".
David Angus has conducted Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Turin, returning there to conduct several concerts and productions of "Hänsel und Gretel", "Boris Godunov" and "The Turn of the Screw", which he also conducted in Bologna and Modena, as well as appearing there several times with Ballet Béjart of Lausanne.Other operas he has conducted in Britain include Britten’s “Turn of the Screw”, the British premieres of Tchaikovsky's "The Enchantress", Von Einem's "Danton’s Tod" and Shostakovich’ orchestration of Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" plus productions of “Rape of Lucretia”, "Albert Herring", "Faust", Henze/Paisiello "Don Chisciotte", "La Bohème", "Il Barbière di Siviglia", plus the Maderna/Monteverdi "Orfeo".Elsewhere he has worked for the Opéra National de Paris, Canadian Opera Company, Malmö Opera, Den Jyske Opera, English Touring Opera and Icelandic Opera.Future plans include La Bohème, Werther, Carmen, Rake’s Progress and Figaro in Boston, Elgar and Macmillan with the Huddersfield Choral Society and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, CD recordings with the London Philharmonic and Orchestra of Opera North, orchestral concerts in the USA, UK, Sweden and Italy, his debut at Norrlands Operan in Sweden, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma and return to Opera North in 2017.