David Walker is a regular guest at many of the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Minnesota Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, and English National Opera and Opera North in the UK.
David’s vast repertoire ranges from Monteverdi, Handel and Gluck to Ligeti, Britten and Petitgirard. Foremost a Handel specialist, his roles include the title roles in Julius Caesar, Flavio and Radamisto, Ottone (Agrippina), Arsamene (Xerxes), Bertarido (Rodelinda), Athamas (Semele), Arsace (Partenope), Medoro (Orlando), Polinesso (Ariodante) and Goffredo (Rinaldo). Other roles have included Nero (The Coronation of Poppea), Orfeo (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), The Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Prince Go-Go (Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre), the title role in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, and, for Pinchgut Opera, Holofernes in Juditha Triumphans.
In concert, David has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, the BBC Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, St Petersburg’s Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, Richmond Symphony, Boston Baroque, Boston’s Haydn and Handel Society, New York Collegium, the Columbus Symphony and the Orlando Philharmonic, in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, Orff’s Carmina burana, Bach’s Mass in Bminor and Carissimi’s Jephte.
David was the winner of the 1998 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 1998 Sullivan Foundation Award and a US ARIA (Award Recognizing Individual Artistry) in 1999.
David was Holofernes in Juditha Triumphans (2007) and in the title role in Ormindo (2009).
This bio taken from the last program in which David appeared.
Photo by Bridget Elliot
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