DAVID PERSHALL â€“ BARITONE
David Pershall made his international debut as Schaunard in a new 2012 production of La Boheme with the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut as The Officer in Schmidtâ€™s Notre Dame with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein.Â He began his 2012-13 season as Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Perles with Virginia Opera before going to the Dallas Opera for a series of concerts. He also joined the Metropolitan Opera covering Cecil in Maria Stuarda and debuted with Opera Orchestra of New York in Avery Fisher Hall as Roucher in Andrea Chenier.Â In 2013 he returns to Virginia as Papageno in Die Zauberfloete and debuts with Sarasota Opera as Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette. He will also return to Poland to perform and record Iphigenie en Tauride.
In 2011, Pershall performed and recorded Don Pedro in Donizettiâ€™s Maria Padilla with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed Soprano Nelly Miricioiu as part of the annual Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. He also performed Robert Baker in Bernsteinâ€™s Wonderful Town with the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra di Milano, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Opera Theater of Connecticut, Vaughn Williamsâ€™ Sea Symphony with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a return to the Beethoven Easter Festival to record and perform Manfredo in Lâ€™amore dei tre re with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Pershall has won many prestigious vocal competitions including 1st Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Haynes Schuyler Memorial Award in the Opera Index Competition, 1st Prize in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, and 1st Prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition for Voice, the Presser Music Foundation Award, and the Thomas Stewart Award for Vocal Excellence. His other awards include prizes in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George London Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize for the Outstanding Singer in the Yale School of Music, and an Artist Grant Award from the National Bel Canto Vocal Competition.Â He is a graduate of the Yale Opera Program where he performed the title role of Don Giovanni, Escamillo in La TragĂ©die de Carmen, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Grigory Smirnov in The Bear, and Papageno inÂ Die ZauberflĂ¶te.Â In addition to his operatic performances he has presented recitals of Mahlerâ€™sÂ RĂĽckert-Lieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen,Â Brahmsâ€™ Die SchĂ¶ne Magelone, and was the Baritone Sololist in the east coast premier of Aaron Jay Kernisâ€™ Symphony of Meditations.
Mr. Pershall has appeared in two Swiss TV broadcast concerts withÂ tenor Francisco Araiza entitled â€śClassic Nightâ€ť in Zurich.Â He was a guest of Lady Waltonâ€™s at La Mortella in Ischia, Italy, where he revived his interpretation of Grigory Smirnov inÂ The Bear. He was a participant in San Francisco Operaâ€™s Merola Opera Program and part of Virginia Operaâ€™s Spectrum Resident Artist Program.
Throughout his studies David has appeared in Master Classes with artists such as Hartmut HĂ¶ll, Thomas Hampson, Alan Held, Francesca Zambello, Christopher Alden, Carol Vaness, Evelyn Lear, Vinson Cole, Martin Katz, and Jane Eaglen.