Praised for “his talent and great theatrical instincts”, Davide Levi is a young conductor with significant experience at the international level. His charismatic, integrating and creative leadership, rooted in a collaborative and energetic approach to music making is the result of his sensibility, international profile and professional experience.
Since graduating from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan, Davide has worked with some of the finest orchestras and opera companies in Europe, including Oper Leipzig, Garsington Opera, Opera North, I Pomeriggi Musicali, the Hebrides Ensemble, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Britten-Pears Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese and the English Touring Opera. Feeling at ease both in the orchestra pit and on the concert platform, Davide has a wide knowledge of both symphonic and opera repertoire.
2021 is a year full of exciting projects and debuts, starting with a production of Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto at the Opera de Tenerife. He will be conducting the same production at the Teatro Regio di Parma and at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo in the 2021/22 season. In addition to this, he will be making his debut with Malmö Opera, conducting a lyric gala and a symphonic concert featuring Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Moreover, Davide will continue working with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra at the Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Conducting, a position he achieved in 2019 and that has led him to conduct several projects including collaborations with both the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera.
Despite the circumstances, 2020 was a highly creative year as well. Concerts in London featuring Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Schumann’s Manfred Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade were very well received. Other projects that took place during this time include the preparation of the Orchestra of Teatro Regio di Torino for the Cantelli International Competition and assisting Pablo Heras Casado in Madrid, conducting the orchestra of the Escuela Superior Reina Sofia in an all-Beethoven programme, featuring his Fifth Symphony and Triple Concerto. Regrettably, some projects had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Some of these include assisting Ivan Fischer on his tour with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Budapest Festival Orchestra; assisting Tobias Ringborg on a production of Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno at Garsington and conducting two performances of Le Villi in Leeds.
Fluent in five languages, opera has become his natural habitat; some of his recent highlights include performances of Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, Cosi fan tutte, Carmen and La Cambiale di Matrimonio. He assisted GMD Ulf Schirmer on Oper Leipzig’s highly acclaimed production of La Fanciulla del West and the entire Ring Cycle in 2018/19, for which he was called back in the following season.
Passionate about working with young musicians and bringing music to communities, Davide has conducted workshops for emerging composers with the Orchestra of Opera North and the Hebrides Ensemble. When he’s not conducting, Davide dedicates himself to create and develop exciting and groundbreaking projects like the Opera-at-the-Mill located in Farsley (UK) or Opera North’s first Orchestra Camp.
Davide has a rich artistic profile: he studied violin in Milan, Composition with Emilio Suvini and in Brighton, Orchestral Conducting with Vittorio Parisi at the Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano and later with Marin Alsop and Ulrich Windfuhr. He has received many awards from various organizations, including the Jerwood Charitable Trust, the Gerald Finzi Trust, the Britten-Pears Foundation and Opera North.