“A model of phrasing, control, and style, and an irresistible performer.”
~ The Washington Post
David first performed in public at the age of 13 singing and playing the banjo at the same time, and he has no regrets. Guitar became his main instrument and he's been an active acoustic musician all his life, despite what he laughingly calls his "forty-year classical music detour."
Visit David's audio/video page for several centuries of music.
But about that classical detour...
After conservatory training in Montreal and Chicago, David made his operatic debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1973. Since then he has forged a distinguished and innovative international career as opera and concert tenor, voice teacher, seminar presenter, lecturer, and author.
David has appeared as tenor soloist with virtually every major North American symphony orchestra, and with other prestigious orchestras and music festivals on four continents. His concert repertoire spans eight centuries of music and eight languages. Audio clips here.
"A virtuoso singer and actor," (Salzburg Nachrichten), David has performed 60 principal roles with the Chicago Lyric Opera; San Francisco Opera; Houston Grand Opera; Metropolitan Opera; Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center; Hamburg Staatsoper (Germany), and other international companies.
The music of J.S. Bach has a special place in David's heart and career. The Chicago Tribune described him as "one of the world's great Bach tenors," and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called him "One of the greatest interpreters of the Evangelist of our time." He has sung Bach's music in hundreds of concerts in North and South America, Europe, and Japan.
For 30 seasons David was a central figure at the Carmel Bach Festival in California, where (among many other things) he was tenor soloist, Dramaturge, lecturer, and director of the Festival's master class for young professional singers.
David's classical discography includes eight centuries of music on CDs for RCA Red Seal, Decca, London, Telarc, Naxos, Dorian, Newport, and Vox.
These days David spends much of his onstage time strapped to an acoustic guitar and singing 19th and 20th-Century music. For videos of recent concerts, click here.
David's fascination with daily life in historical times led to The Little Bach Book, his eclectic and unique study of J.S. Bach and the everyday world around him. It is richly illustrated and filled with amazing details about daily life in Leipzig when Bach and his family lived there in the early 1700s. Learn more...
David lives in Jacksonville, Oregon, with his wife, Ginna BB Gordon, an artist and author. Together they are the owners of Lucky Valley Press and provide book design and publishing services to independent authors.