David Angus, Guest Conductor

David Angus

“It’s a marker of how far the company 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 ragged read-through the next – into a sharply focused, musically expressive and stylistically nimble orchestra . . . he and his musicians gave a performance that caught the cleverness and charm of Rossini’s score, communicating a real sense of humor and fun – and reminding the listener why this staple of the repertoire continues to deserve it’s place on the stage.” – Opera News

David Angus is the Music Director of Boston Lyric Opera, where he conducts the majority of the productions each year and oversees all musical matters.  He is also the Honorary Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, following several years as its Principal Conductor, when he played a major part in establishing it as Belgium’s most exciting and successful new orchestra.  During the 2013-2014 season, he made debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the OFUNAM orchestra in Mexico City and the Wexford Festival Opera and lead “Tosca” for Lyric Opera Dublin while other orchestral activities included concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a return to his former orchestra in Belgium for the opening of the Flanders Festival. Plans for the 2014-2015 season include Messiahs with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Lizzie Borden at Tanglewood and a return to Wexford Festival Opera for Mariotte’s Salomé, as well as his regular commitments with Boston Lyric Opera, the London Philharmonic and the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders.

Born in England, Maestro Angus spent his early years in Belfast.  He was a boy chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks, and he read music at Surrey University where he specialized as a pianist.  He finished his training with a Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he won several prizes for his opera conducting. His professional career began as a repetiteur with Opera North (UK), before becoming Chorus Master and Staff Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.  At Glyndebourne he conducted many operas, both in the Festival and on tour.  Maestro Angus’ operatic career then took him to Italy, where he conducted several productions and concerts in Turin, Milan, Bologna and Modena.  He has worked with Scottish Opera, Opera North and English Touring Opera, and conducted many productions elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, including several British premieres for the Brighton Festival.  He has also conducted at the Canadian Opera Company, Cleveland Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Danish National Opera, Malmö Opera and Icelandic Opera.

On the UK concert platform, Maestro Angus regularly conducts the London Philharmonic, both in concert and in the recording studio, and has given many concerts all over the country with the London Mozart Players.  He has conducted most of the major orchestras in the country, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the BBC’s Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, the Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia.

Maestro Angus broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and abroad, in Austria, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Italy, and particularly on Klara, the Belgian Classical Music channel. He conducts orchestras and choirs all over Europe, particularly in Scandinavia where he is a regular guest with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and several Danish orchestras. In North America has had appeared with the Utah Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic.

An affinity with the music of Benjamin Britten started when he sang for Britten as a boy chorister at Aldeburgh, and since then he has conducted for the Aldeburgh Festival and for several years was the Vocal Consultant to the Britten-Pears School. Maestro Angus has a natural empathy with young musicians and he has often conducted operas and concerts at the Guildhall School in London and he particularly enjoys working with youth orchestras.