David Parry

Conductor

"the musical performance under David Parry sweeps more or less everything before it"

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

"David Parry conducts with energy and elegance"

Robert Thicknesse, The Times

"David Parry conducted with exemplary sense of style"

Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph

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David Parry is acknowledged as an inspirational champion of operatic, concert and symphonic repertoire across a vast range. He is known both for the re-appraisal of important lesser-known compositions and for a consistently fresh approach to established repertoire.

Significant credits include the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (in separate productions for Opera North and Staatstheater Stuttgart), Der Fliegender Holländer (for Portland Opera), Madama Butterfly (in Anthony Minghella’s production for ENO which earned him an Olivier Award), Così fan tutte and the premiere of Dove’s Flight (both for Glyndebourne Festival Opera) and Maria Stuarda (for Stockholm Royal Opera).

Much in demand from ensembles both in the UK and further afield, David Parry is regularly at the helm of orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Halle, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and English Chamber Orchestra.

He has an extensive discography for Chandos and Opera Rara. His recording of Rossini Ermione won a Gramophone Award for best opera 2011.

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La scala di seta

Scottish Opera (April 2017)

Parry, who produced a superbly balanced crisp sound from the orchestra, as well as supplying fortepiano continuo.

Keith Bruce, The Herald ****

The performance was put together by conductor David Parry, who kept the action rolling along nicely with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera a sympathetic partner.

Rowena Smith, The Guardian ****

Tales of Hoffman

Oper Wuppertal (September 2016)

The final apotheosis, for instance, is a feast for the ears. Conductor David Parry is mindful of the action on stage, is very attentive and breathing with the musicians. He guides through the evening with vigorous tempi. The Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal plays the music with a lot of nuance.

Hartmut Sassenhausen, Westdeutsche Zeitung

David Parry in the pit presses forward tirelessly and coaxes delicate colours out of the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. In every regard a tremendous opening to the season.

Hamburger Abendblatt

David Parry and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal play the highly romantic barcarolle sensitively…
The Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal under conductor David Parry deliver the musical side of things outstandingly, supporting the score, the drama and the surreal charm of the High Romantic work with filigree allure and mighty climaxes.

Viktor Jarosch, IOCO Kultur im Netz

Conductor David Parry held it all together with his taut tempi and sensual accents.

Stefan Keim, Deutschlandradio Kultur

The Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester played with an inspiration it has not shown in a long time.

Pedro Obiera, Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung

For this [the premiere of Tales of Hoffman] David Parry had been engaged as the conductor; his expertise is not least demonstrated by his recordings for Opera Rara. This makes a noticeable impact on the orchestra, which played flexibly and with beautiful sound… it has been a long time since we heard this orchestra play with such precision and flexibility.

Christoph Zimmermann, Der Opernfreund

David Parry and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal captures Offenbach freshness.

Thomas Molke, Online Musik Magazin

Out of countless versions and editions, the renowned British conductor David Parry has compiled his own one ... which he presents lively, with security and to great effect.

Andreas Falentin, Concerti

Adolphe Nouritt tribute concert

Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro (August 2016)

Returning to Pesaro ... the English conductor David Parry runs the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini: polished, measured, and fully at the service of the song.

Brigitte Cormier, Forum Opera

Under the sure hands of David Parry, the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini contributed two rare overtures by Pacini and Auber.

Carl Maria Solare, Opera Magazine

Kemal Yusuf: Cain (world premiere) / César Franck: Symphony in D minonr

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (May 2016)

... the whole [of Yusuf's work] coming together splendidly under the masterful conducting of David Parry.
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To end, a splendid performance of Franck’s D minor symphony, with a reading by conductor David Parry that was strong and vital, without any trace of self-indulgence, and to which the orchestra responded magnificently in all departments...

Frank Cliff, Eastern Daily Press

L’oca del Cairo

London Mozart Players (April 2016)

David Parry conducted [the soloists] and the London Mozart Players with tremendous flair, and both the light of Mozart and the shade of Stephen Oliver were honoured.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph ****

Under the baton of David Parry, the orchestra delivered handsomely.

Sam Smith, musicOMH ****

David Parry’s conducting brought out the best from his orchestra, catching the many moods and coours of Oliver’s operatic curiosity.

Alexandra Coghlan, Opera Magazine

Ermione

Volkstheater Rostock (March 2016)

Under the direction of bel canto expert David Parry, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock presents an agile, appropriately light "Rossini sound". In the unusual overture ... he keeps string and wind players attentive throughout, making sure they keep the right balance and, carefully listening, respond to each other. You can tell Parry ... has intimate knowledge of Ermione. He gently keeps the [orchestra] on track where they are at danger of getting lost in the tiny details [of the work] ... and shows a passion for detail and an intuition for the calm, lyrical moments.

Werner Häußner, Der Neue Merker

[Parry] knows this style, he loves this music, and he guides the Norddeutsche Philharmonie, the Volkstheater's chorus and the Singakademie with a steady hand. He paid particular attention to bringing out the musical nuances of the instrumental parts. ... Parry accompanied [the singers] with care ... Thankfully this is a conductor who does not confuse tragedy with the Grand Guignol, unlike so many other HIP specialists conducting Rossini.

Michele C. Ferrari, Opera Lounge

The Norddeutsche Philharmonie was directed by David Parry's expert hand... Supported by the attentive chorus, Parry mastered the complex Rossini score with confident baton and an experienced approach; he highlighted the rhythms, colours and expressive nuances [of the score] and made sure that the solos and the ensembles had punch...

Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti, German Rossini Society

The musical side, too, is most successful. This is not least thanks to David Parry, who directs the orchestra in proper Rossini style and with panache.

Bernd-Rudiger Kern, German Rossini Society

The Pirates of Penzance

English National Opera (May 2015)

Using the pit-sized orchestra that Sullivan would have wanted, David Parry conducts the score beautifully.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

David Parry’s conducting does what it can with what there is – the orchestra plays superbly for him – and the cast is a good one.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Conductor David Parry’s zippy tempi do the biz.

Michael Church, The Independent

The overture to Pirates, deftly played by the ENO orchestra under the baton of David Parry.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

It’s certainly a delight to hear the ENO orchestra coaxed into full-moustachioed Victorian splendour by David Parry (who catches every sideways glance, every knowing musical wink on the page), giving Sullivan’s dexterous scoring its due.

Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator

David Parry also does wonders with the orchestra, reminding us just how subtle Sullivan’s textures can be.

Barry Millington, Evening Standard

David Parry kept things buoyant in the pit, the orchestra responding with a spirited account of Sullivan’s frothy score.

Mark Pullinger, bachtrack.com

The ENO orchestra shone. The Overture was no pot-pourri of tunes to be dispensed with, but a miniature tone-poem. It became so because of David Parry’s obvious intent to underline Sullivan’s inherent lyricism. It was obvious he cares for this music deeply, just, indeed, as the audience clearly does.

Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International

Down in the pit, David Parry captures the ingenious orchestration and the loving spoofs of everything from Handel to Wagner, so not just the bel canto repertoire he knows so well, with the perfect mixture of élan and subtlety, guiding the best of choruses and a very classy line-up of soloists into fresh and nuanced takes on the score.

David Nice, theartsdesk.com

In the overture alone David Parry, one of the UK's most scandalously undervalued conductors, finds a fleck of emphasis here, a line of nuance there, that sets the tone for an evening of plush, upholstered delight.

Mark Valencia, whatsonstage.com

Elgar Symphony No.2

Freiburg Philharmonic (March 2014)

It was to the credit of the impressively moving interpretation of the Freiburg Philharmonic under its guest conductor David Parry that so many insights into the ground between these poles were revealed. It goes without saying that the British Parry has a special sensibility for the background of this music at the turning point; nevertheless the way he realised this through the Philharmonic Orchestra in a sold-out concert hall cannot be too highly praised. The heterogeneity of this composition could not be better, more sensitively and in turn sonically more luxuriantly captured. Its Bacchanalian, Apollonian spirit …. found its perfect echo in the excellent, brilliant strings. The masterly wind section deserved the highest praise too: here the majestically steely brass, there the wonderfully sensitive woodwind, which in the slow movement … achieved an incomparably beautiful pianissimo. The Presto developed such expressivity that a ripple of spontaneous applause broke out, and the conductor and musicians clearly delighted in this breaking of the rigid nineteenth-century concert situation.

Badische Zeitung

Maometto II

Volkstheater Rostock (March 2016)

... David Parry, whose musical direction contributed much to the success of the evening. He set breathtaking tempi and the work simply swept across the stage.

Bernd-Rudiger Kern, German Rossini Society

Madama Butterfly

Perth International Arts Festival (February 2015)

Conductor David Parry… drew a well-blended, grandly symphonic sound from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. There were passages of great beauty.

Victoria Laurie, The Australian

Carmen

Scottish Opera (October 2015)

David Parry conducts a chunky, pert-sounding orchestra. Contours are well defined, tempos are sturdy, all the big tunes are as clearly signposted as the thick red brush strokes that adorn the stage curtain.

Kate Molleson, The Guardian

The orchestra plays like a dream under conductor David Parry – light, lithe, punchy and powerful.

David Kettle, The Scotsman

With the Orchestra of Scottish Opera under David Parry playing the familiar overture in a light, swift and breezily theatrical fashion, the narrative flow of the tragic tale of love, fate and duty could hardly be bettered.

Keith Bruce, The Herald Scotland

Mikado

English National Opera

Things get off to a good start with conductor David Parry’s punctilious account of the overture; bolstered by his vital handling of the score throughout, the pace never really lets up.

George Hall, The Guardian *****

...fine orchestral playing and light, springing pacing of David Parry’s baton.

Hilary Finch, The Times

…there was fine conducting from David Parry – elegant, nicely detailed and quietly reminding us that Sullivan’s orchestration is often more subtle and effective than we may assume. An outstanding revival of a great show.

Tim Ashley, Opera Magazine

L’Italiana in Algeri

Garsington Opera (June 2016)

Yet the wit in this show comes from the pit, where David Parry conducts a brisk, Mozartian interpretation with outstanding clarinet, flute and horn solos.

Anna Picard, The Times

Parry nicely judges the score's mix of lyricism and hard-edged wit. And that great first act finale is clockwork in its precision.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

The conductor David Parry is a fine Rossinian… The frothy Act 1 finale … is even more glorious than that in Barbiere… The whole ensemble clicked into clockwork precision here and … the performance threatened … to take to the skies on the set’s flying carpet.

Mark Pullinger, Opera

At Garsington, the score is crisply and briskly conducted by David Parry.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Parry nicely judges the score’s mix of lyricism and hard-edged wit. And that great first act finale is clockwork in its precision.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

David Parry conducts with plenty of fizz.

Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

This is David Parry’s tenth Rossini opera for Garsington, and it shows in an assured musical performance that’s full of sparks and sparkle ... Parry makes the most of the grace and the deft touches in the score: the oboe phrases, the horn calls and the many delicate pizzicato string interludes all come through with grace.

David Carlin, bachtrack

David Parry ... drew tight discipline from the Garsington instrumentalists. The tautness of the pianissimos was striking, and the overture (the opera’s best music) was enlivened by surprising sforzandos. The woodwind relished their concertante roles in the drama and flute, oboe, bassoon and horn each enhanced the dramatic characterisation.

Claire Seymour, Opera Today

David Parry conducts a clean, brisk interpretation.

Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator

Rossini veteran David Parry conducted the first night with flair, zip and lightness of touch...

Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage

[Will Tuckett’s production] struck exactly the right note, amplifying Rossini’s dramatic and emotional intensity. As did the orchestra, conducted by David Parry, who has championed the composer’s unique style of playing at Garsington since 2002.

Bucks Free Press

Garsington's long-running relationship with the bel canto specialist and the conductor David Parry continues to earn dividends with crisp playing from Garsington's orchestra.

George Smart, Harpers Bazaar

Garsington has a handy knack for Rossini, and under conductor David Parry the orchestra has learned how to play this stuff with as much finesse and style as any band in the country. This performance ... was a pretty lovely example of how to perform this passingly elegant, refined, sophisticated, beautiful and highly entertaining score, full of delicacy and detail, wit and sprung rhythms. ... I took to watching Parry’s expressive and dramatic conducting...

Robert Thicknesse, The Critics Circle

... a mad finale which sees chorus, orchestra and principals working their socks off under conductor David Parry.

Christopher Gray, Oxford Times

L’Italiana in Algeri is David Parry’s twelfth Rossini for this company, and his affinity for this music shone in every bar, from the ‘surprise’ phrases in the overture to the rousing final chorus: once more he drew sparkling playing from the Garsington Opera Orchestra.

Melanie Eskenazi, musicOMH

David Parry's conducting is lively, bright, and exciting on all counts, with an impeccably precise ensemble.

Jean Michelle Pennetier, Forum Opera

David Parry’s orchestra was absolutely first-rate, making for a very enjoyable evening.

Paul Levy, Arts Journal

Celebrated interpreter of Rossini, David Parry, returns to Garsington ... with The Italian Girl in Algiers directed by Will Tuckett. It’s no surprise that Parry is loved by his singers as he conducts with infectious enjoyment, highlighting the charm and wit of this very funny piece, perhaps not so sophisticated as The Barber of Seville, but much more fun. ... The Act 1 Finale is a highlight, the polyphony miraculously wrought by the 21-year-old composer and delineated superbly by Parry and his singers. The ‘Sugar-Daddy’ Act 2 terzetto is brilliantly managed – real laugh-out-loud stuff.

Cary Gee, Tribune

Rossini Ermione

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted with insistent tenacity and considerable force by David Parry, it captured much of the work's rage and neurotic ferocity

Tim Ashley, Guardian

David Parry conducted the LPO and the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir with a noisy ebullience that was determined to raise the roof

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

David Parry’s Repertoire and Discography

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