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David Angus is the Music Director of Boston Lyric Opera, where he conducts the majority of the productions each year and oversees all musical matters. Previously he was the Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera, in upstate New York. He is also the Honorary Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, following several years as its Principal Conductor, when he played a major part in establishing it as Belgium’s most exciting and successful new orchestra. In recent seasons he made his debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the OFUNAM orchestra in Mexico City, the Symphony Orchestras of Porto and of Umeå (Sweden), the Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, and he returned to Wexford Festival Opera and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has made several new CD recordings and given many concerts.
Born in England, David Angus spent his early years in Belfast. He was a boy chorister at King's College, Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks, and he read music at Surrey University where he specialised as a pianist. He finished his training with a Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he won several prizes for his opera conducting.
His professional career began as a repetiteur with Opera North (UK), before becoming Chorus Master and Staff Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. At Glyndebourne he conducted many operas, both in the Festival and on tour. David Angus’ operatic career then took him to Italy, where he conducted several productions and concerts in Turin, Milan, Bologna and Modena. He has worked with Scottish Opera, Opera North and English Touring Opera, and conducted many productions elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, including several British premieres for the Brighton Festival. He has also conducted at the Canadian Opera Company, Cleveland Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Danish National Opera, Malmö Opera and Icelandic Opera.
On the UK concert platform David Angus regularly conducts the London Philharmonic, both in concert and in the recording studio, and has given many concerts all over the country with the London Mozart Players. He has conducted most of the major orchestras in the country, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the BBC's Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, the Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia. He has also been heard in concert with the orchestras of Welsh National Opera and Opera North, with whom he recently recorded another CD. Recent highlights have also included major choral concerts with the Huddersfield Choral Society and both the BBC Philharmonic and the Northern Philharmonia.
David Angus has broadcast frequently on BBC Radio 3 and abroad, in Austria, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Italy, and particularly on Klara, the Belgian Classical Music channel. He conducts orchestras and choirs all over Europe, particularly in Scandinavia where he has been a regular guest with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and several Danish orchestras. In North America he has appeared with the Utah Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic, as well as several chamber orchestras.
Future plans include many operas in Boston, his debut at Hawaii Opera Theatre, another CD recording with the London Philharmonic, orchestral concerts in the USA and the UK, and welcome returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and to his own former orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, for the world premiere of a major new choral and orchestral work by Piet Swerts.