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David Angus (Conductor)

Born: February 2, 1955 - England

The English-borm condyuctor, David Angus, spent his early years in Belfast. He was a boy chorister at King's College Choir Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks, and he read music at Surrey University where he specialised as a pianist and obtained his Bachelor of Music degree with Honors in Music Performance, General (1973-1976). He obtained his PGCE degree in Music and Mathematics from University of Surrey (1976-1977); and his Postgraduate Conducting Diploma, Conducting Opera and Orchestras, repetiteur training Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM) (1984-1986). He finished his training with a Fellowship in Conducting at the RNCM (1985-1987), where he won several prizes for his opera conducting (1984-1986).

His professional career began as a repetiteur with Opera North (UK), before becoming Chorus Master and Staff Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera (April 1988-November 1996). At Glyndebourne he conducted many operas many productions (Katya Kabanova, W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, Eugene Onegin, and Tippett's New Year) as well as concerts (Verdi's Requiem, George Frideric Handel's Messiah)., both in the Festival and on tour. David Angus’ operatic career then took him to Italy, where he conducted several productions and concerts in Turin, Milan, Bologna and Modena (Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel, Boris Godunov, The Turn of the Screw, and many concerts)). 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 David Angus regularly conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 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, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.

David 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 has been a regular guest with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and several Danish orchestras. In North America he has appeared with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic.

In September 2001, David Angus became Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Of Flanders where he helped establish it as the most exciting and successful freelance orchestra in Belgium. His ambitious programming and high energy performances led to sellout audiences in Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Brussels, and a strong following on Klara, the national classical radio station of Belgium. He remains the Honorary Conductor of this orchestra.

David Angus broke into the North American scene when he was appointed Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera, in upstate New York (November 2007-October 2011). Since September 2010, he is the Music Director of Boston Lyric Opera (BLO), and he has just extended his contract for a third time as. He conducts there the majority of the productions each year and oversees all musical matters, and is part of the team that leads this innovative and exciting company. Last season's production of James Macmillan's Clemency is about to be released on the BIS label, and a recent highlight was a revival of Christopher Alden's BLO production of Lizzie Borden at Tanglewood. In recent seasons he made his debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the OFUNAM orchestra in Mexico City, and he returned to Wexford Festival Opera, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and to his former orchestra in Belgium for the opening of the Flanders Festival.

Future plans include several operas in Boston, Edward Elgar and Macmillan with the Huddersfield Choral Society and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, 2 CD recordings with the orchestra of Opera North and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and orchestral concerts in the USA, the UK, Sweden and Italy.

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Source: David Angus Website (June 2015) & LinkedIn profile; Photo 04: © Tess Angus; Photo 05: © Michael Dwyer; Photos 07-08: © Cory Weaver
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Aryeh Oron (January 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




David Angus


Video (2009): Aria from BWV 159 [w/ bass-baritone Derek Welton]

Links to other Sites

David Angus - Conductor (Official Website)
David Angus on LinbkedIn


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