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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

David Walton

David Walton

David Walton has made numerous appearances across the country as an up-and coming lyric tenor. He spent two years as a resident artist with Minnesota Opera. Recent appearances this past season included covering Larry Renault in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and debuting the shepherd Silvio alongside Alek Shrader’s Endimione in a new production of the Lorenzo Da Ponte rarity: L’arbore di Diana by Vicente Martín y Soler. As Tybalt in their production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Mr. Walton was described as "the production’s only good villain ... a tightly coiled ball of restless anger" (The Pioneer Press). He sang in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's The Shining as Delbert Grady, with Opera News praising Mr. Walton as "equally chilling in his casual charm and suavity." Other roles at Minnesota Opera include Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Spoletta in Tosca, and Tamino in The Magic Flute, where the Duluth News Tribune praised his "clean, clear voice." Mr. Walton made his Glimmerglass Festival debut as Parpignol in La bohème and sang the role of Count Alberto in Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro as a member of their Young Artist Program. He also covered Reverend Parris in Francesca Zambello’s staging of The Crucible, performed the tenor solo from Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and played Frederic in a scene from Pirates of Penzance for special guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he sang Student in La rondine, Belmonte in scenes from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Saint Louis Symphony, and covered Matthew Gurney in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. He also sang Azor in Opera for the Young’s tour of Zemire et Azor by André Grétry, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Brava! Opera Theatre of Ashland, Oregon.

David is a recent award winner in the 2017 Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, receiving 2nd Place and Italian Diction Award. He also won 2nd Place and Audience Choice Award with the 2017 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. Other competitions include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where he was a finalist in the Upper Midwest region and a district winner for Minnesota. Recent concert highlights include performing the tenor solo in Handel's Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Rogue Valley Symphony, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with Lipscomb University, and Cantata BWV 88 with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble.

Upcoming engagements include the title role in Albert Herring with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, 4th Jew in Salome with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Remendado in Carmen with the Lakes Area Music Festival. Other notable roles for the 2017-18 season include a return to Minnesota Opera as a guest artist this fall singing Ernesto, Belmonte in Mozart's Abduction with Madison Opera, and Almaviva in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Glimmerglass Festival.