Celebrated conductor Sir Andrew Davis makes his COC debut with Ariadne auf Naxos. He has been music director and principal conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. He is conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestra, and was also music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Sir Andrew is artistic advisor to the Besançon Festival for their 2010 and 2011 seasons. He has conducted orchestras worldwide from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw, as well as at renowned opera houses and festivals including La Scala and the Bayreuth Festival. This season Sir Andrew’s engagements include Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera, Peter Grimes at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Rusalka at the Glyndebourne Festival, Thaïs at the Edinburgh Festival, and The Mikado, Lohengrin, and La fanciulla del West at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also makes appearances with the Tivoli Festival, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a performance of Elgar’s Caractacus with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival. In December 2010, Sir Andrew Davis led the world premiere of his own new orchestration of Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.