David Pershall

Baritone

Biography

Hailed by the New York Times as “passionate and resonant” and by Der Neue Merker for his “cultured singing,” American baritone David Pershall is quickly establishing himself as an exciting and vibrant artist. Last season, his engagements ranged from The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème, in which he performed the role of Schaunard, to his debut as Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon at San Francisco Opera. Mr. Pershall was a soloist in the Central Park Summer Concert Series named Opera Italiana and he made his company debut as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Des Moines Metro Opera Festival.

This season, David returns to The Metropolitan Opera for Bizet’s Carmen and he sings Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in a return to the San Francisco Opera. He also reprises the role of Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Greensboro Opera. Future engagements include his San Diego Opera debut.

Mr. Pershall joined the prestigious Vienna State Opera in 2014 as a Fest Artist, where he performed roles such as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, and Sebastian in The Tempest.

He made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera in 2015 in the role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and returned in subsequent seasons as Schaunard in La Bohème and Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda. Mr. Pershall also made an appearance at Carnegie Hall as Lord Nottingham in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux with Maestra Eve Queller, to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike. He also debuted as Rocher in Giordano’s epic Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera.

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Reviews

“David Pershall brought movie-star charisma and lots of personality to Figaro.”

Miami Herald

“Debonair baritone David Pershall brought to the arrogant, self-assured toreador Escamillo precisely the vocal and histrionic panache that the role requires.”

Voix des Arts