American bass-baritone David Pittsinger is renowned as a stage performer of the greatest distinction for his dramatic portrayals in the world’s major opera houses. Of his Helen Hayes Award-nominated performance as Emile de Becque in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Times wrote: “His brilliant, knife-clean bass-baritone voice, impeccable enunciation—even with a French accent—and his authoritative, passionate delivery provide the perfect mix of romance, passion, and traditional masculine bravado. And his vocal delivery of ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ as well as the sorrowing ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ registers extraordinarily high on the three-hanky scale. His Emile is perhaps the definitive interpretation of this role in our time.”
Mr. Pittsinger began the 2015-2016 season with his role debut as Robert E. Lee and Edgar Ray Killen in a new production of Philip Glass’ Appomattox at Washington National Opera directed by Tazewell Thompson and conducted by Dante Santiago Anzolini. He also made role debuts last season as Fred Graham in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the title role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Portland Opera, and Reverend Hale in Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning operatic adaptation of The Crucible at the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Pittsinger also returned to The Dallas Opera as the Comte des Grieux in Manon under the baton of Graeme Jenkins and to Pittsburgh Opera as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress.
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I commissioned this work for me and my son, Richard, about our family visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery, where my father served as a guard. Our children were very young then and I wanted them to understand their grandfather's honor to serve at this special memorial. Scott Eyerly spent many hours listening to our experience there and composed this work in several different forms... for treble and bass voice with full orchestra, which debuted with Leonard Slatkin leading the Pittsburgh Symphony; for treble and bass with cello and piano, which debuted at Trinity Wall Street during the first anniversary of 9/11; and for young tenor and bass with the Army and Air Force Bands at Arlington Cemetery.
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