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 and concert houses and on Broadway. Signature roles include the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele, Mefistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Scarpia in Tosca the Villians in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, the title role in Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Figaro and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Escamillo in Carmen.
Mr. Pittsinger is a frequent performer at The Metropolitan Opera and has appeared in Live HD Broadcasts of The Magic Flute, Manon, Hamlet, and Les Contes D’Hoffmann. He recently created the role of Roy Disney in the World Premiere of Phillip Glass’ The Perfect American for Teatro Real Madrid, and Robert E Lee in Glass’ Appomattox for Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center, as well as creating the role of Eugene O’Neill in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Toni Kushner’s A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck at the Glimmerglass Festival opposite his wife Patricia Schuman. This past season included MET performances of Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac, and Palemon in Thais.
Recent: Emile in South Pacific, Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha and El Gallo in The Fantasticks earning him his third Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor in A Musical. Of his Helen Hayes Award nomination for his portrayal of Emile 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.” Recent Broadway credits include:
Emile de Becque in South Pacific (LCT, and Nat’l Tour) Sweeney Todd original broadway revival production (Portland Opera), other theatre credits include: Cervantes/Don Quixote in Utah Opera’s Man of La Mancha, King Arthur in Camelot (Glimmerglass Festival), and Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate (The Chatelet in Paris, Opera Luxembourg).
Upcoming: The Captain in Florencia en El Amazonas (Houston Grand Opera), Mephistopheles in Faust (Opera Omaha), Sprecher in Magic Flute (Dallas Opera), Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Opera Theatre St Louis)
Pittsinger holds an MM from Yale and a BM from University of Connecticut where he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award.
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