David Pittsinger

Bass-Baritone

Biography

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.”

In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Pittsinger returns to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Le Bret in Francesca Zambello’s production of Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. He also reprises his celebrated assumption of Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Lee Blakely at the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, which he debuted at the Théâtre du Châtelet last season. Additional engagements include his role debut as Cervantes/Don Quixote in Mitch Leigh’s Man of La Mancha at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Concert work for the 2016-2017 season includes a semi-staged production and recording of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by Juanjo Mena, Handel’s Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a concert of American songs with the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida.

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Reviews

“The standout performance [in ‘Camelot’ at the Glimmerglass Festival] was David Pittsinger’s charismatic, nuanced Arthur, touchingly characterized and nobly voiced.”

Steve Smith

The New York Times

“Dominating the show, at least in this reviewer’s opinion, is David Pittsinger as Emile de Becque. Emile is in many ways the most operatic role ever written for a Broadway musical… Mr. Pittsinger fits this substantial résumé, and more. A veteran opera singer himself, his vocal skills are carefully tailored here to fit the mostly-Broadway spirit of the show. 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.”

Terry Ponick

The Washington Times