David Bates has in recent years established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting directors of Baroque music and as a figurehead for a new performing generation.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, David Bates initially embarked on a professional singing career. Inspired by his work with renowned conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mark Minkowski, Andrea Marcon and Nicholas McGegan, and driven by a desire to articulate his own musical vision, he founded La Nuova Musica.
Bates’s love of Baroque opera has led him to direct several productions in Europe and the US: Handel’s Xerxes at Iford Arts, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at Kings Place, Cesti’s L’Orontea at the Innsbrucker Festwochen, Cavalli’s La Calisto at Cincinnati Opera, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at the Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon and, most recently, Vivaldi’s Il Farnace at the Spoleto Festival in the US.
In concert, he has conducted Handel’s Berenice at the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Dame Anne Murray in the Brighton International Festival, and Conti’s Issipile at Wigmore Hall, the latter as part of a five-season residence.
Orfeo ed Euridice Gluck with Iestyn Davies marks the first recording in a new relationship with Pentatone. The release is due October 2019.
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