Sir Colin Davis dies at the age of 85
The conductor, President of the LSO and former Music Director of The Royal Opera has died after a short illness.
The Royal Opera House is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Colin Davis, who was Music Director of The Royal Opera (1971–86), Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1995–2006) and President of the LSO from 2007.
Antonio Pappano, current Music Director of The Royal Opera said:
‘The loss of Colin Davis for the Royal Opera House is a huge blow. We had future plans with him in place but more importantly, his passing represents an end of an era, where grit, toil, vision and energy were the defining elements of a leading international opera house.The warmth and excitement of his music-making will be terribly missed. He was a giant. A very sad moment for British music.’
President of the LSO and Honorary Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle, Colin Davis recorded extensively for leading companies, including the LSO Live Label. Recent engagements with The Royal Opera included Così fan tutte (2012), Le nozze di Figaro (2010) and Die Zauberflöte (2011). His many awards included a knighthood (1980), Companion of Honour (2001) and the Queen’s Medal for Music (2009).
David McVicar’s production of Die Zauberflöte opens tomorrow night (Tuesday 16 April 2013) at the Royal Opera House, and the run will be dedicated to the memory of Sir Colin Davis.