Andrew Davis, an acclaimed British conductor who was music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and orchestras on three…

Andrew Davis, an acclaimed British conductor who was music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and orchestras on three continents, has died. He was 80.

Davis died Saturday at Rusk Institute in Chicago from leukemia, his supervisor, Jonathan Brill of Opus 3 Artists, stated Sunday.

Davis had been managing the illness for between 1 1/2 and a couple of years, but it surely grew to become acute shortly after his eightieth birthday on Feb. 2.

Davis was music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1975-88 and Britain’s Glyndebourne Festival from 1988-2000; chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1989-2000; then music director of the Lyric Opera from 2000-21.

He performed the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in workshops final summer season, then at New York’s Carnegie Hall and on tour.

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