David will be performing in the upcoming Lecture Concert of Der Vampyr, an opera by Marschner. David will be performing the role of Sir Edgar Aubry, together with other soloists from Opera Australia, Siro Battaglin on the Piano with Dr David Kram conducting.
The piece will not be performed in its entirety but more as highlights with Dr Kram talking between items explaining the story and circumstances.
It is followed up with a lecture explaining the significance between Wagner and Marschner.
Friday the 30th September, 2013 at 7.30pm.
I had the wonderful opportunity to create my version of Siegmund. Harbour City Opera provided the setting where we performed Act 1 of Die Walküre. My fellow cast included Sarah Sweeting as Sieglinde and Anthony Mackey as Hunding. We were accompanied on the piano by Chris Cartner. Paulo Montoya directed the Opera and we had an amazing time putting it all together.
It was a debut for all three of us singing these roles and for singing Wagner. Wagner is something that a lot of people feel the need to steer away from, but for me I feel like I have come home. I am aiming to create over the next few years, an understanding for myself of the roles that will take me into International territory. Siegmund feels like a first step into this area. While I only performed Act 1 and the character has some significant singing in Act 2, the bulk of the role is taken in those first 75 minutes. There is certainly plenty to do.
I have felt throughout the rehearsal process a growing admiration for the music of Wagner, his depth of perception into human emotions and gained an insight into how to tackle longer Operatic roles. Lisa Gasteen recently remarked at a Wagner Society NSW event that often the Italian roles are 30-40 minutes in entirety which is often the amount of singing a Wagnerian role takes for one act. The sheer exhaustion from performing a whole role is massive. I certainly felt exhausted after our performance, as we had also run a General rehearsal in the morning as it was the first time we had been in the Playhouse at NIDA.
From all reports there were about 100 people at the performance to see our event and for that I am grateful. Harbour City Opera is in its first year and doing some amazing work for a fledgling company. The commitment and passion from Sarah Walker, its Creative Director is evident and I am sure this year will mark the beginning of a wonderful creative space for emerging artists within Opera in Sydney. It is also a vehicle for popular works to be given an airing when it might otherwise be too expensive to stage whole productions within a larger setting. I wish Sarah and her team every success.
For me, I am looking forward now to covering the role of Siegmund for Opera Australia at the end of this year. Stuart Skelton is performing the role and I have much to learn from watching such an amazing man. His command of this role amongst others is massive and he sings with such authority and musicianship that I am grateful for the experience to follow in his footsteps. I wish him and all the cast of Die Walküre every success in November/December and hope to one day perform the role in its entirety.
I certainly hope the creating Siegmund will be of benefit to my whole career and I will be able to look back fondly on my first public performance with Harbour City Opera with great fondness and pleasure.
David will be appearing in an up coming recital for the Opera & Arts Support Group on the 4th August at 2.30pm. David has been supported by funds the OASG has raised over the years as a Young Artist with Opera Australia and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where movement expert Anna Sweeny, gave week long intensive classes. David last year also received financial benefit to continue his german language studies. David is delighted to be able to perform for the OASG in the newly renovated Chapter Hall and hopes to see you there.
Further details for the recital can be obtained from:
David is excited to announce that he will be performing the role of Siegmund in Act 1 of Die Walküre, with Harbour City Opera. This is a role he is covering with Opera Australia later in the year in Melbourne.
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David is excited to be preparing the role of Don Jose which he will perform in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s production of Carmen on March 24 and April 9. Back in 2007 David won the McDonald’s Aria with his performance of La Fleur que tu m’avais jeteé from Carmen and this year will mark his role debut of Don Jose.
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David has over the last 6 months engaged in German Language lessons primarily with ‘Berlitz’ in Sydney to facilitate his move into Jugendlicher Heldentenor repertoire. He would in particular like to acknowledge the Opera & Arts Support Group and the Wagner Society NSW for financial contributions towards his continuing language studies.
In 2013, David will appear in recital with both of these groups to present some of his new german repertoire and is looking forward to continued opportunities to develop his german language skills.
Please contact Opera & Arts Support Group and The Wagner Society NSW for future concert/recital details.
David has just commenced rehearsals for Salome with Opera Australia, in which he will be playing the role of Narraboth. Performances will be in both Melbourne and Sydney in the coming months. Check his Calendar on this website for more details.
Narraboth is the Captain of Herod’s army and a Syrian, who has fallen for the charms of Salome. He destroys his own life after witnessing Salome’s attentions for Jockaanan (John the Baptist) realising he will never truly have Salome return his love and desire.
This is a new production of Salome for Opera Australia, directed by Gale Edwards. See www.opera-australia.org.au for more details.
Sydney Philharmonia Concert "My Favourite Things" Sydney Opera House Concert Hall May 10 & 12 2012
The last few months have been rather busy for David with performances in Turandot in both Melbourne and Sydney as well as concert performances most recently with the Sydney Philharmonia Festival Choir in their “My Favourite Things” Concert. David had the pleasure of performing lesser known pieces by Rodgers & Hammerstein II like ‘You are Beautiful’ & ‘Love, Look Away’ from ‘Flower Drum Song’. He also performed a number of duets and ensembles from Oklamhoma, The Sound of Music and Kansas City.
David has also been recently appointed as Opera Australia’s newest Asthma Ambassador. He gave his first speech as Ambassador at the Mazda Opera in the Domain performance on Bizet’s Pearl Fishers during intermission. While David’s Asthma is considered mild, he doesn’t treat it any less seriously and encourages everyone to get checked for Asthma and any allergen can trigger an attack. David would like to help promote Asthma awareness and is also looking to put together some necessary fund raising initiatives in the near future to continue the amazing work and research of the Asthma Foundation.
Sydney Cycleways Print Campaign for promoting safer cycling in Sydney
David has also been busy cycling around Sydney and Melbourne. Besides singing passionately, David is passionate about cycling and loves it in all its forms. David was recently featured in the City of Sydney’s ‘Everyone’s Connected’ campaign aimed at raising awareness and promotion of cycling as a viable form of transport. David cycles all over Sydney both for work and recreation, seeing riding a bike a healthy way to incorporate exercise into your personal life. As a singer, he feels it is really important to stay in shape and look your best for audiences and so uses his cycling to help with this. He has cycling objectives to try and ride 6,000kms on his road bike alone this year and is currently 40% through the task.
The remainder of the year will see David continue to sing and cycle across Sydney and Melbourne. Get in touch with David if you would be interested in having him participate in either of these activities with your organisation or future event.
David will be appearing with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs as a soloist in their ‘Something Wonderful’ concert featuring the music of Rogers & Hamerstein II.
Performances are scheduled for the 10th and 12th May, 2012.
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Something Wonderful Concert
David has received a nomination for a 2011 Greenroom Award in the Opera Supporting Male category for his role as ‘Carlson’ in Of Mice and Men.
For more information on all the Award Nominees, go to www.greenroom.org.au