David Parry, Conductor


David Parry studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He went on to study conducting with Sergiu Celibidache and began his career as a repetiteur at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, later becoming Chorus Master for the Touring Opera and assisting Sir John Pritchard both at Glyndebourne and at Belgian National Opera. He made his operatic debut with La Cenerentola for English Music Theatre. He was on the conducting staff of the Dortmund City Opera, and then joined the newly-formed Opera North as a resident conductor.

In 1983 he was appointed Music Director of Opera 80, a post he held until 1987 when he left to develop a freelance career. He has also been Artistic Advisor to the Savoy Theatre Opera Company and is currently Artistic Advisor to Opera Rara.  He has appeared as guest conductor for leading British companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Cosi fan tutte and Jonathan Dove’s Flight), English National Opera (Le Comte Ory, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Rape of Lucretia, Ernani, La Vestale, Turk in Italy and Barber of Seville), Opera North (Nabucco, Idomeneo, L’Elisir d’Amor, Le Compte Ory, Der Zwerg and I Pagliacci) and Garsington Opera (Don Pasquale, La gazza ladra, Barber of Seville and L’Equivoco Stravagante). He recently conducted a new production of Madam Butterfly for English National Opera, directed by Anthony Minghella, to great critical acclaim, including an Olivier Award.  Foreign opera productions include the Spanish premiere of Peter Grimes, The Rakes Progress and Jenufa at the Teatro Lirico Nacional La Zarzuela Madrid, La Fille du Regiment, La Traviata and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Orviedo Festival, Carmen in San Sebastian and Nixon in China for Greek National Opera. He conducted Tosca, Die Zauberflöte and Fidelio at the Hong Kong International Festival, Maria Stuarda and La Finta Gardiniera for Theatre Basel, and Lucia di Lammermoor for New Israeli Opera.

More recently he has conducted Maria Stuarda for Stockholm Royal Opera, The Flying Dutchman for Portland Opera USA, Flight at the Nationale Reisopera and Don Giovanni at the Niedersachsische Staatstheater Hannover.  His numerous opera recordings for Opera Rara and the series of classic repertoire in English for Chandos Records have been hailed by the critics, notably Rosomondo d’Inghilterra, L’Assedio di Calais, Emilia di Liverpool, Orazi e Curiazi and Il Crociato in Egitto for Opera Rara, and L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Pasquale, Tosca, Rosenkavalier, La Bohème, Il Trovatore, Faust and Carmen, for Chandos, to name a few.  In 1992 he was appointed founding Music Director of Almeida Opera where he has given the world premieres of Nigel Osborne's Terrible Mouth, Kevin Volans's The Man who Strides the Wind, Elena Firsova's The Nightingale and the Rose and Ion by Param Vir. Other premieres he has given include Stephen Oliver's Mario and the Magician at the Batignano Festival (Italy) and the UK premiere of Bruno Maderna's Satiricon with Opera Factory.  David Parry regularly conducts leading orchestras in the UK and in Europe including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia, Netherlands Radio and Madrid symphony orchestras.