David Walton has made numerous appearances across the country as an up-and-coming lyric tenor. He performs frequently with Minnesota Opera where he is finishing his second year as a Resident Artist. As Tybalt in the recent 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 covering Larry Renault in the World Premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight, Silvio performed in the Da Ponte rarity:, L’arbore di Diana by Vicente Martin Martín y Soler, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Spoletta in Tosca, and Tamino in The Magic Flute, where the Duluth News Tribune praised his "clean, clear voice." David's other opera engagements include the title role in Albert Herring with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Brava! Opera Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. Upcoming performances include Ernesto in Minnesota Opera's Don Pasquale and Belmonte in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio with Madison Opera.
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 Abduction 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 Zémire et Azor by André Grétry.
David was a finalist in the Upper Midwest region for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Recent concert highlights include the performing the tenor soloist 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. He sang with Cantus, Minnesota's own full-time male vocal ensemble from 2011-2014.
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