David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in both early and contemporary music. He has conducted at the Royal Opera House in Versailles, the Luminato Festival, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Singapore Festival, Festival Vancouver, Houston Grand Opera, the Seoul Arts Centre, Cleveland Opera, Wolftrap Theater, Utah Opera, and in major opera houses in Japan.
As Music Director of Toronto’s Opera Atelier he has led critically-acclaimed productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Idomeneo, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, The Coronation of Poppea, The Return of Ulysses, Lully’s Armide and Persée as well as operas by Purcell, Handel, Weber, Gluck and Charpentier, in Toronto, and in France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.
Mr. Fallis directs Soundstreams Choir 21, a vocal ensemble specializing in contemporary choral music, which has performed for Soundstreams Canada, for the Toronto International Film Festival during the inaugural film series at the Bell Lightbox, for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in their “New Creations Festival”, for the Art of Time Ensemble, and for Continuum Contemporary Music.
Following his success in conducting the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade at the 2009 Luminato Festival in Toronto, he was asked to conduct one of Schafer’s most ambitious works Apocalypsis, to great acclaim at the 2015 Festival. Recently, he was the Music Director for Two Odysseys, featuring the world’s first operas in Cree and Sami, for Signal Theatre and Soundstreams. He has conducted world premieres by many other leading Canadian composers, including James Rolfe, Christopher Butterfield, Christos Hatzis, Andrew Balfour, and Andrew Ager.
From 1990-2018 he was Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, with whom he toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe, and led the ensemble in their numerous recordings. Mr. Fallis was the historical music producer for two acclaimed TV series The Tudors and The Borgias.