Ben Davies (bass)
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Saturday, 20th March 2010
Ben Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music. His roles include Sailor (Dido & Aeneas) for
William Christie and Deborah Warner at the Vienna Festival, Netherlands Opera and the Opera Comique, Paris; Ubalde
(Armide - Gluck) for the Buxton Festival; Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas) under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opera de Lyon;
Judge (Das Wunder der Heliane) - Korngold) under Vladimir Jurowski; Guglielmo (Così fan Tutte); Bartolo and Antonio
(The Marriage of Figaro); Polyphemus (Acis & Galatea); Bass (The Fairy Queen); Amis (Le Pauvre Matelot
- Milhaud); Marcello (La Boheme) in scenes for The Lesley Garrett Show, BBC and covers of Achilla (Giulio Cesare),
Bass (The St Matthew Passion), Betto di Signa (Gianni Schicchi), Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) and Kruina
(The Bartered Bride) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Recent concert performances include The Fairy Queen, Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, the Fauré Requiem and both the St Matthew and St John Passions for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen; Mozart's C Minor Mass and Purcell's Ode on St Cecilia's Day for Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Bach's St John Passion with the Milano Orchestra Verdi for Robert King and Mozart's Solemn Vespers, C Minor Mass and Requiem with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists. Other notable concert performances include Mozart's concert aria 'Cosi dunque tradisci' with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the British premiere of Hermann Suter's Le Laudi, Rutter's 'Mass of the Children' in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Verdi Requiem in Leeds Town Hall and Bach's solo cantata Ich habe genug in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.
Plans for the future include the St Matthew Passion for The King's Consort and Monteverdi Vespers for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.