David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in many genres of music.
As Music Director of 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.
Mr. Fallis has recently accepted a two-year appointment as conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Canada’s oldest choral institution. This season he is also directing the MacMillan Singers at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
From 1990-2018 he was Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque, with whom he toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe, and led the ensemble in their numerous recordings.
For the prestigious Luminato Festival in Toronto, he conducted Murray Schafer’s music-theatre epic Apocalypsis at the Sony Centre in 2015. Mr. Fallis 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.
Mr. Fallis directs Soundstreams Choir 21, a vocal ensemble specializing in contemporary choral music, which has performed for Soundstreams Canada, 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, Mr. Fallis has conducted Orchestra London, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Symphony New Brunswick.
Mr. Fallis was the historical music producer for two acclaimed TV series The Tudors and The Borgias. He lives in Toronto with his wife Alison Mackay.