Iwan Davies

Award: Harrison Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Repetiteur

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Born in Pembrokeshire, Iwan was Organ Scholar at St. Davids Cathedral and read English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He studied singing with Buddug Verona James from 1999, winning a first prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2009, and as an undergraduate performed ten operatic roles. After graduating, Iwan worked as a pianist and musical director in theatre, notably as Assistant Musical Director on productions of Chicago and The Sound of Music at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, as well as coaching at Guildford School of Acting, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and London School of Musical Theatre.  Returning to his first love, opera, he studied on the MMus répétiteur course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015-16, kindly supported by the Headley Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Elizabeth Evans Trust. At GSMD he was répétiteur on productions of Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose, conducted by Mark Shanahan, and Martinů’s Alexandre Bis, conducted by Timothy Redmond, as well as various opera scenes and the premieres of new operas Door and Watch Me, conducted by Dominic Wheeler. Other work as a répétiteur includes Dido and Aeneas, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute for Opera Cocktail, and Die Fledermaus and La traviata for Focus Opera. In the summer of 2016 he will be Music Director for Opera Loki’s production of Così fan tutte.