British conductor and accompanist David Syrus is Head of Music for The Royal Opera. He joined the Company in 1971 as a répétiteur and was appointed to his current position in 1993. He has conducted numerous works for the Company, including Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Der fliegende Holländer, Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, La traviata, Falstaff, Kát’a Kabanová, The Turn of the Screw, The Midsummer Marriage, Carmen and Fidelio. Syrus's conducting is in addition to his day-to-day work managing the music staff, working closely with The Royal Opera creative teams and providing coaching for singers and conductors.
Syrus grew up in Hastings and studied music at Oxford University. He trained at the London Opera Centre before joining The Royal Opera. Away from the Company his engagements include Die Walküre, Les Pêcheurs de perles and Eine florentinische Tragödie (Spoleto Festival, 2003), the British premiere of Henze’s Pollicino (Royal Opera House), La clemenza di Tito and Albert Herring (Toulouse), Owen Wingrave (Opéra national du Rhin), Carmen and La Cenerentola (Tokyo), L’elisir d’amore, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème and Carmen (Crested Butte Music Festival, Colorado) and Billy Budd (Santiago).
Syrus was the conductor for Annette Dasch's disc of Armida arias for Sony and as an accompanist has recorded a disc of Lieder with Hildegard Behrens for EMI, items from which were re-released on the album The Very Best of Hildegard Behrens. In his spare time he enjoys reading and mountain-walking.
News and features
6 November 2013
Head of Music for The Royal Opera to replace John Eliot Gardiner.
16 April 2013
Tributes to the former Music Director of The Royal Opera from Dame Monica Mason, Sir John Tooley and others.