Praised for “his talent and great theatrical instincts”, Davide Levi is a young conductor with significant experience at international level. 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, the Malmö Operaorkester, Garsington Opera, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Opera North, Opera de Tenerife, English Touring Opera, I Pomeriggi Musicali, the Hebrides Ensemble, the Britten-Pears Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese. Feeling at ease both in the orchestra pit and on the concert platform, Davide has a wide knowledge of both symphonic and operatic repertoire.
In March 2021, Davide made his debut at the Opera de Tenerife conducting Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, a production he will also conduct at the Teatro Regio di Parma and the Teatro Massimo di Palermo in the 2022/2023 season. He also made his debut with the Malmö Opera Orchestra conducting a gala featuring excerpts from Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Pagliacci, La Bohème, Werther and more. He will return to Malmö for a symphonic concert featuring Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Williams’ Concerto for Tuba and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in 2022. Moreover, Davide will continue working with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra as their Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Conducting, a position he obtained in 2019 and that has led him to conduct several projects including collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera.
Despite the circumstances, 2020 saw successful concerts in London featuring Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Schumann’s Manfred Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. 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.
Projects that had to be postponed or were cancelled due to the pandemic 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; 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 in Farsley (UK) and Opera North’s first Orchestra Camp.
Davide 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.