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David Pershall, baritone

De Luna, Il trovatore

Baritone David Pershall, who makes his Sarasota Opera debut as the Count De Luna in Verdi's Il trovatore this season, “dispatches his smooth, evenly produced lyric baritone with elegance and style, but there’s something else underneath it — a certain bite and gravitas that pull in the listener immediately” (Opera News). This unique skill set coupled with his ability to “act as well as he sings” (The Washington Post) is allowing David to quickly make a name for himself on stages around the world. He joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2013, and has appeared at Avery Fisher Hall in Andrea Chenier with the Opera Orchestra of New York, as well as Carnegie Hall in Notre Dame with the American Symphony Orchestra. In the upcoming season (2014-15) he will make debuts with Washington National Opera as the Pilot in The Little Prince, Minnesota Opera as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, and several appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper.

David has recently performed Zurga in Les pêcheurs des perles and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Virginia Opera, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with El Paso Opera, Schaunard in La bohème with the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with Vero Beach Opera, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Amarillo Opera which was broadcast on PBS.

He has recorded Manfredo in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re and Don Pedro in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla with the Polish Radio Symphony at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw.

David has won many prestigious vocal competitions including 1st Prize in the Marcello Giordani Foundation, 1st Prize in the New Jersey Verismo Competition, 1st Prize in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, and 1st Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation.  You can learn more about this exciting artist at