David Syrus is Head of Music for the Royal Opera, where he has worked since 1971. For them he has conducted Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, La clemenza di Tito, Die Zauberflöte, Fidelio, Der fliegende Holländer, Don Pasquale, La Traviata, Falstaff, Jenufa, Katya Kabanova, Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Carmen, The Bartered Bride, The Turn of the Screw and The Midsummer Marriage. At the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado he has conducted Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, Carmen, Die Zauberflöteand L’Elisir d’Amore.
Engagements in 2012 included a new La Clemenza di Tito and the Final of the International Singing Competition in Toulouse. In 2013 he conducted three new productions of Britten operas, Albert Herringin Toulouse, Owen Wingrave in Colmar/Strasbourg and Billy Budd in Santiago. Engagements for 2014 included The Turn of the Screw in Toulouse, plus the next revival at Covent Garden [May] of Le nozze di Figaro.
He is chairman of the Maggie Teyte Prize and sits on many audition panels. Recent masterclasses have been in Düsseldorf, Brecon and Marseille. As a recital accompanist he has played at the Wigmore Hall, London, the Musikverein, Vienna, the Carnegie Hall, New York and many other venues in Europe. His first lieder record with Hildegard Behrens was issued by EMI.