Celebrating the the career of Sir Andrew Davis

June 8, 2024, 4:00 pm

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Andrew Davis applauding his son Ed Frazier Davis on stage with orchestra members
Ed Frazier Davis and Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis’s career spanned more than four decades, during which he has been the artistic leader at several of the world’s most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Davis led performances at many of the world’s most important opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, London’s Royal Opera House, the Bayreuth Festival, and the major companies of Munich, Paris, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Ed Frazier Davis — a composer, conductor, baritone, and founder of Vox Venti — was Oliver’s guest in 2022 and curated this episode’s playlist drawing from his father’s enormous, award-winning discography.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra remembers Sir Andrew Davis (2 February 1944 – 20 April 2024)


All selections conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Nicole Cabell, soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Hector Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ
Part II, La fuite en Égypte: “Les pèlerins étant venus”
Andrew Staples, tenor
Melbourne Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Hugh Wood: Scenes from Comus, Op. 6
“The Entrance of the Lady”
Geraldine McGreevy, soprano
BBC Symphony Orchestra

La rondine
“Chi il bel sogno di Doretta”
Nicole Cabell, soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

George Frideric Handel, arr. Davis: Messiah
“He that dwelleth in heaven…Thou shalt break them”
Andrew Staples, tenor
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tippett: Selections from A Child of Our Time
Pumeza Matshikiza, soprano
Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Stewart, tenor
Ashley Riches, bass-baritone
BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchcstra

Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder
“Beim Schlafengehen”
Erin Wall, soprano
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra