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David Bates

  • Countertenor

Biography

David Bates' concert engagements have included Handel Messiah in Oslo Cathedral with Oslo Domkor, Vivaldi Stabat Mater at the Thaxted Festival, Bernstein Chichester Psalms in Hexham Abbey with the Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir, Pergolesi Stabat Mater at St John's Smith Square with The London Strings, Bach Mass in B Minor at the London Handel Festival directed by Lawrence Cummings, Handel Theodora in the Spitalfields Festival under the direction of Nicholas MacGegan and Israel in Egypt in Guildford Cathedral. David Bates has performed with choral societies throughout the UK.


David Bates has worked regularly for The Royal Opera, English National Opera, for Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne Touring. His operatic roles have included Ottone in Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea, Didymus Theodora, the counter-tenor roles in The Fairy Queen, King Arthur, Nireno Giulio Cesare, Narcisso Agrippina and Voice of Apollo Death in Venice. He was a member of the cast of Lorin Maazel's adaptation of George Orwell’s 1894 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. David Bates has sung a wide range of recital programmes, both in the UK and in Europe. Most recently he sang Thomas Ades Song Cycle, The Lover in Winter in St Mary Le Bow in the City of London.


He has also performed Britten Abraham and Isaac and Journey of the Magi alongside twentieth century English song in venues including Southwark Cathedral and Aldeburgh Parish Church. Other programmes include lute songs with the lutenist Richard Sweeney, and a number of contemporary works including the first performances of Low Flight by Ian McRae with dancer/director Clare Whistler and Dulce et Decorum est by Robert Fokkens, scored for solo countertenor and trombone quartet.


David Bates is founder member and musical director of the chamber group La Nuova Musica, with whom he will record a solo disc in January 2007 focussing on songs from Caccini's le Nuove Musiche of 1602 tracing the Italian influence through to Henry Purcell and John Blow.