The Kennedy Center


Vocal Arts DC presents Iestyn Davies, countertenor, and Thomas Dunford, lutenist

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:30 PM

The peerless young duo of countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford returns to Washington for the first time since their acclaimed Washington debut in April 2014 in the Gerald and Ann K. Perman Memorial Recital.

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Vocal Arts DC presents
Iestyn Davies, countertenor, with Thomas Dunford, lutenist

During the season just completed Iestyn Davies drew raves both at the Metropolitan Opera in the American premiere of Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel (also transmitted "Live in HD" to movie theaters) and on Broadway in the hit play Farinelli and the King opposite Mark Rylance. He and Thomas Dunford, dubbed the "Eric Clapton of the lute" by BBC Magazine, offer a program they have called "England's Orpheus," focusing on works by three composers - Dowland, Purcell, and Handel - who were all likened to the musician of Greek mythology.

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 38 min.

"Davies possesses one of the most refined and lucent countertenor voices, with flawless intonation, ease and beauty across its range and not even a hint of shrillness. With his love of text, intelligent phrasing and clean but not overdone diction, Davies is a natural match for the English Renaissance lute-song repertory, and Dunford, who has a similarly delicate approach to his instrument, matched him phrase for phrase." (The Washington Post)