David McFerrin
New England Second Place Winner, 2008

A regular with Boston Lyric Opera, David McFerrin returned in fall 2015 as the Officer in Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony, after earlier performances as Le Roi Marc in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé, Kuligin in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, and Captain MacFarlane in the premiere of a new edition of Jack Beeson’s Lizzie Borden with BLO in Boston and at Tanglewood. The baritone also performs frequently with the Handel and Haydn Society, appearing most recently in a program of Bach cantatas and Handel’s “Messiah.”


A native of Northampton (MA), David holds degrees from Carleton College, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. He completed a two-year residency in the Florida Grand Opera Studio in Miami, and for two summers was an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. Early roles included Pallante in Agrippina, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and the Second Traveller in James MacMillan's Clemency with BLO, Claudio in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict with Opera Boston, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Boston Midsummer Opera, Will Hutchinson in the premiere of Dan Shore’s Anne Hutchinson and the Elder Son in Britten’s The Prodigal Son for Boston’s Intermezzo Opera, Paul in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia with Seattle Opera, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Seraphic Fire in Miami.


David’s perennially busy concert schedule has included “Messiah” and Noah in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde with Boston’s Trinity Church, appearances with Boston’s Chorus Pro Musica, the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Mistral, Seraphic Fire, and the Harvard University Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Schubert’s “Mass No. 2 in G” with the Springfield Symphony, and the music of Cole Porter with the Boston Pops. Farther afield, he has taken part in a Purcell program at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico with TENET and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. The baritone has also appeared as a soloist in Carnegie Hall with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Israel Philharmonic, and with the Cleveland Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. An avid recitalist, he has sung at the Caramoor Festival, at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, at SongFest in California as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow, and at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. In 2008 David was awarded a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.



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