David Syrus is the former Head of Music for the Royal Opera, where he worked from 1971-2017.
For them he has conducted Mozart [“Le nozze di Figaro”, “Don Giovanni”, “Cosi fan tutte”, “La clemenza di Tito” and “Die Zauberflote”], Beethoven [“Fidelio”], Wagner [“Der fliegende Hollander”], Donizetti [“Don Pasquale”], Verdi [“La Traviata” and “Falstaff”], Janacek [“Jenufa” and “Katya Kabanova”], Strauss [“Salome”, “Elektra” and “Ariadne auf Naxos”], Bizet [“Carmen”], Smetana [“The Bartered Bride”], Britten [“The Turn of the Screw”] and Tippett [“The Midsummer Marriage”]. For the Spoleto Festival 2003 he conducted Zemlinsky’s “Eine florentinische Tragodie”, and has conducted in many European and Japanese cities aria concerts with Vesselina Kasarova.. In 2009 he conducted a new production of “Cenerentola” at the Tokyo Opera. At the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado he has conducted “Le nozze di Figaro”, “La Boheme”, “Carmen”, “Die Zauberfloete” and “L’Elisir d’Amore”.
Engagements in Toulouse have included a new “La Clemenza di Tito” , the Final of the International Singing Competition in Toulouse [2012, 2014 and 2016]. “Albert Herring” , “Owen Wingrave” and “The Turn of the Screw” . In 2013 he also conducted a new “Owen Wingrave” in Colmar/Strasbourg [March, July] the Final of the Guildhall Gold Medal [London], the Jette Parker Gala at Covent Garden and the Chilean premiere of “Billy Budd” in Santiago. In July 2015 he returned to Chile for “The Rake’s Progress” and to Besancon for concerts of English music.A third visit to Santiago in summer 2016 included the Chilean première of “Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny” and concerts.
As a recital accompanist he has played at the Wigmore Hall, London, the Musikverein, Vienna, the Carnegie Hall, New York and many other venues in Europe. His first lieder record with Hildegard Behrens was issued by EMI, and he has played harpsichord and fortepiano continuo in recordings of Mozart and Rossini for Decca and BMG. His recording, conducting “Armida” arias with Annette Dasch, was released in July 2007 by Sony/BMG.
He was for many years chairman of the Maggie Teyte Prize, and has given masterclasses for young singers and coaches in Marseille, Tokyo, Duesseldorf, Colorado as well as many venues in the UK including Samling.