David Fallis, Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor
Acclaimed Toronto conductor David Fallis was named in June 2018 as Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. David will provide artistic direction for these seasons, conduct most TMC concerts, and prepare the Choir for their performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During this time the TMC will be conducting an international search for a new Artistic Director.
David Fallis Biography
David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in many genres of music.
As Music Director of Toronto’s Opera Atelier he has led critically acclaimed productions of major operatic works by Mozart, Monteverdi, Lully, Purcell, Rameau, Gluck, Handel, Weber and Charpentier. He has conducted at the Royal Opera House in Versailles, 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 Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque, he has toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe, and has led the ensemble in their numerous recordings. He has led them in critically acclaimed performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, all three Monteverdi operas in concert, the Praetorius Christmas Vespers, and The Play of Daniel. The 2017/18 season marked David’s 28th and final season as Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort.
For the prestigious Luminato Festival in Toronto, he conducted Murray Schafer’s music-theatre epic Apocalypsis at the Sony Centre in 2015. David was the Music Director for the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade, also at the Luminato Festival. He has conducted world premieres by many other leading Canadian composers, including James Rolfe, Christopher Butterfield, Christos Hatzis and Andrew Ager.
He also 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 Festivals”, for the Art of Time Ensemble, and for Continuum Contemporary Music.
On the symphonic stage, David has conducted Orchestra London, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Symphony New Brunswick.
David was the historical music producer for two acclaimed TV series The Tudors and The Borgias. He lives in Toronto with his wife Alison Mackay.
David Fallis conducts the Mendelssohn Singers in Healey Willan’s Behold, the Tabernacle of God, from the loft of St. Paul’s Basilica during the TMC’s March 28, 2018 Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concert.