“Bates is an energetic stage presence. He conveys, reassuringly, a persuasive conviction: one immediately senses that when he sets off, Bates knows exactly where he is heading and how he plans to get there.” [Opera Today]

David_Bates_ConductingDavid 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.

His recordings for Harmonia Mundi, with his ensemble La Nuova Musica, have garned outstanding reviews and received ‘Le choix de France Musique’ and ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine.

Bates regularly works in France, as musical assistant and chorus master to Emmanuelle Haïm – most recently at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and Opera de Paris – and has directed the chamber choir Accentus on a national tour in a programme of English Romantic choral repertoire.

Projects in the season 2017/18 include Mozart’s c-minor Mass at the Bath Mozart Festival, returns to Wigmore Hall for Dido and Aeneas, to St John’s Smith Square London for Handel’s Orlando, to the Sagra Musicale Festival in Perugia, as well as Gluck’s Orfeo at the London Baroque Festival, with Iestyn Davies MBE.

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