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David Parry


  • the musical performance under David Parry sweeps more or less everything before it
    Andrew Clements, The Guardian
  • David Parry conducted with exemplary sense of style
    Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph
  • David Parry conducts with energy and elegance
    Robert Thicknesse, The Times
  • 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), Cosí 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.

    • 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
    • Vert-Vert
      Garsington Opera (June 2014)

      It’s seldom that I’ve witnessed an operetta by Offenbach as well performed as this – the British première of the complete version of Vert-Vert, a piece dating from 1869 about amorous fiddle-faddle at a girls’ school. It could scarcely be done better… Hats off to David Parry, the crisp and rigorous conductor of a full-blooded orchestra, who has provided an amusing and idiomatic translation… It’s all good clean fun and, refreshingly, not heavy-handed or vulgar.
      Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph ***
      …the Offenbach operetta which conductor David Parry has exhumed for Garsington is a delightful discovery.
      Michael Church, The Independent ****
      Parry’s new English translation is less elegant than his conducting of the score, though at times its gawkiness nicely counterpoints Offenbach’s always quirky musical invention, excellently realised by the Garsington Opera orchestra.
      Hilary Finch, The Times ***
      David Parry drew brighter sound from the orchestra than on his recording, and infected everyone with his love of the music. As an unashamed Offenbach freak I am not exactly unbiased, but this was one of the happiest evenings I have spent at the opera for years.
      Rodney Milnes, Opera Magazine
    • 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
      Garsington Opera (June 2013)

      David Parry was on top form in the pit, bringing just the right vigour to the martial episodes and, showing his long experience in Rossini, shading the gentler scenes with unaffected naturalness.
      Rodney Milnes, Opera Magazine
      David Parry’s conducting is exemplary: scarcely an ensemble lapse in three hours.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
      The conductor David Parry lays the groundwork, generating sounds from the pit that underline not only how brilliantly orchestrated the piece is, but also how powerful Rossini can be when kept on a tight rein.
      Andrew Clark, The Financial Times *****
      Maometto Secondo is Garsington’s 12th Rossini opera, an astonishing record. They have been regularly conducted by David Parry, a specialist of the period who upholds his high standard, presiding over strong contributions from Garsington’s chorus of young singers and its own orchestra.
      George Loomis, The New York Times
    • 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
    • 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
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