David Curry

Tenor

 

David Curry

Tenor

 

David Curry is renowned for his performances in Paris at Théâtre du Châtelet, where he has sung principal roles such as Tony in the 50th Anniversary production of WEST SIDE STORY and Arindal in Wagner’s rarely performed first opera DIE FEEN with Mark Minkowski. He was further engaged by Châtelet to play Henrik in the critically acclaimed French Premier of Steven Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC co-starring Leslie Caron, Greta Scacchi and Lambert Wilson and to create the role of Stathis Borens in the world premiere of Howard Shore’s THE FLY, directed by David Cronenberg and conducted by Placido Domingo. He continues to be a favourite with Chatelet audiences and recent appearances there include Pirelli in SWEENEY TODD, Orlando in Haydn’s ORLANDO PALADINO, Enoch Snow in CAROUSEL and Redmond in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.

Recent projects include a return to Théâtre du Châtelet as the Prince in John Adams’ A FLOWERING TREE as well as Rapunzel’s Prince in Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS, Kudryash in KATYA KABANOVA for Danish National Opera, the Duke in RIGOLETTO for Oscarsborg Opera Oslo Norway and debuts with the Toronto and Vancouver symphonies in a Lerner and Loewe program with conductor Steven Reineke. He was Pirelli in SWEENEY TODD for San Francisco Opera and Vancouver Opera, Flute in Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Bergen National Opera in Norway and sang Einhorn’s VOICES OF LIGHT with the Windsor Symphony as well as a Broadway themed concert for Opera Toulon.

Other credits include Antonio in Thomas Ades’ THE TEMPEST at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for Radio Netherlands, Kudryash in KATYA KABANOVA at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, the title role in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Bergen National Opera, Norway and THE TURN OF THE SCREW (Peter Quint/Narrator) for Opera Lille, Opera Reims, Opera Massey and Theatre Athénée in Paris. Highly regarded for his stylish performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, he has been heard as Nanki-Poo in MIKADO for Michigan Opera Theatre, the Elora Festival and at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Fairfax in YEOMAN OF THE GUARD at the Tower Festival at the Tower of London, and Marco in THE GONDOLIERS for English National Opera.   His wide ranging repertoire also includes Don José in CARMEN  (Welsh National Opera),  Franz in Offenbach’s DIE RHEINNIXEN (London’s Cadogan Hall), the title role in Lalo’s FIESQUE (Bloomsbury Theatre – London), Tassilo in COUNTESS MARITZA in Toronto and  Gervais in MANON LESCAUT, Don Fulgencio in MARIA DE CARMEN by Granados, Antinous in Fauré’s PENELOPE, Silvio in LE DOCTEUR MIRACLE, the Lottery Agent in Weill’s DER  SILBERSEE and Don José in Peter Brook’s LA TRAGÉDIE DU CARMEN, all for the Wexford Festival. Other roles include Amtshauptmann in DIE GÄRTNERIN AUS LIEBE, Tom Rakewell in THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, the title role in Bizet’s LE DOCTEUR MIRACLE, Lechmere in OWEN WINGRAVE, Gomatz in the Canadian premiere of Mozart’s ZAIDE, and LA BELLE HÉLÈNE in London’s West End.

Concert performances include works by Handel, Haydn and Mozart, Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, Verdi’s REQUIEM, Dvorak’s STABAT MATER, Britten’s SERENADE, the world premiere of Delius’ MAUD and Finzi’s DIES NATALIS. He has performed 20th Century American and French repertoire for the Opéra Comique in Paris, Beethoven songs at Teatro della Maestranza in Seville and has appeared for “The Last Night of the Proms” on BBC. He made his London recital debut in the Rosenblatt Recital Series at St. John’s, Smith Square, accompanied by Roger Vignoles.

Curry has appeared in many leading roles in both English and Viennese operettas including HMS PINAFORE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE SORCERER, RUDDIGORE, and THE MERRY WIDOW with Carl Rosa Opera in London’s West End, in the UK and around the world. His operetta performances total in the hundreds, alongside stars such as Jo Brand, Victor Spinetti, Arthur Bostram, Rosie Ashe, Timothy West, Alistair McGowan and many others.

David trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London Royal Schools Opera, Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio with scholarships from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Trust and the support of The Friends of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

 

                                                                                                                                                September 2016

Opera

Ades Antonio THE TEMPEST
Bernstein Tony WEST SIDE STORY
Bizet
(Brook/Bizet)
Don Jose
Don José
Silvio
LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN
CARMEN
LE DOCTEUR MIRACLE
Britten Lechmere
Essex
Lysander
Male Chorus
Peter Quint
OWEN WINGRAVE
GLORIANA
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA
THE TURN OF THE SCREW
Donizetti Nemorino
Edgardo
L’ELISIR D’AMORE
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Fauré Antinous PENELOPE
Gounod Roméo ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
Gomes Fenandez SALVATORE ROSA
Granados Don Fulgencio MARIA DI CARMEN
Janáček Steva
Kudriash
Janek
JENÜFA
KATYA KAVANOVA
MAKROPOLIS CASE
Kalman Tassilo COUNTESS MARITZA
Lalo Fiesque FIESQUE
Lehár Camille/Danillo DIE LUSTIGE WITWE
Mercadante Il Giuramento VISCARDO
Mozart Don Ottavio
Ferrando
Tamino
Gomatz
Amptshauptman
DON GIOVANNI
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
ZAÏDE
DIE GÄRTNERIN AUS LIEBE
Offenbach Hoffmann
Paris
Franz
TALES OF HOFFMANN
LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
DIE RHEINNIXEN
Puccini Rodolfo
Rinuccio
Pinkerton
Cavaradossi
LA BOHÈME
GIANNI SCHICCHI
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
TOSCA
Purcell Sorceress/Sailor
Tenor
DIDO AND AENEAS
KING ARTHUR
Saint-Säens Kornelius LA PRINCESS JAUNE
Sondheim Rapunzel’s Prince INTO THE WOODS
  Henrik Egerman A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
  Pirelli SWEENEY TODD
  Redmond SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Stravinsky Tom Rakewell THE RAKE’S PROGRESS
Sullivan Frederic
Nanki-Poo
Ralph Rackstraw
Marco
Fairfax
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
THE MIKADO
H.M.S. PINAFORE
THE GONDOLIERS
THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD
Tchaikovsky Lensky EUGENE ONEGIN
Vaughan Williams Fenton SIR JOHN IN LOVE
Verdi Duca
Alfredo
MacDuff
RIGOLETTO
LA TRAVIATTA
MACBETH
Weill Lottery Agent DER SILBERSEE
Wagner Arindel DIE FEEN

 

Concert

Britten SERENADE FOR TENOR, HORN AND STRINGS
WAR REQUIEM
ST. NICOLAS CANTATA
Bruckner TE DEUM
Delius MAUD
Dvorak STABAT MATER
Elgar DREAM OF GERONTIUS
Finzi DIES NATALIS
Handel MESSIAH
SAUL
ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Haydn DIE SCHÖPFUNG
NELSON MESSE
ST. NICOLAS MESSE
Mendelssohn ELIJAH
Mozart MASS IN C MINOR
KRÖNUNGSMESSE
REQUIEM
SOLEMN VESPERS
Puccini MESSE DI GLORIA
Rossini PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
Schubert MASS IN G
DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN
Verdi REQUIEM

“David Curry made a deft company debut as the barber and mountebank Pirelli.”  [San Francisco Opera, Sweeney Todd]San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman

“David Curry as the duke is a persistent, Italian-like tenor with great resources.”  [Oscarsborg Opera, Oslo, Norway, Rigoletto]Kulture Kompasset

“Ses compares féminines incarnent leur rôle avec justesse, mais c’est le superbe Peter Quint de David Curry qui impressionne le plus. Il réussit à faire passer dans sa voix somber et insinuante les désirs secrets qui rendent cet opréra étrange et fascinant.”  [Turn of the Screw, Resmusica]

“Peter Quint est d’emblée d’une presence trop palpable – d’autant qu’il assume aussie, sans doute possible sur son identité à venir, le Prolugue – pour suciter l’interrogation, qui plus est le frisson d’une ligne de chant aux sinuosités d’abord lointaines. Univoque de couleur, sinon de diction, David Curry ne possède d’ailleurs pas cette agilité perverse et insinuante.”  [Turn of the Screw, Altamusica]

“A côté, le Peter Quint de David Curry, beaucoup plus plausible en narrateur qu’en spectre malfaisant, fait pale figure. Trop sain, trop net, trop raide dans de circonvolutions vocals qui devraient évoquer le serpent s’enroulant autour de sa proie pour l’étouffer.”  [Turn of the Screw, Forum Opera]

“Curry has a ringing tenor voice and hams it up wonderfully as Pirelli, Sweeney’s fellow barber, who discovers what he’s up to and therefore is the first who has to go.”  [Sweeney Todd, Bloomberg Report]

“At the center of the action were terrific performances from two young Canadians, tenor David Curry as Nanki-Poo, the Mikado’s son disguised as a wandering minstrel, and the object of his affection, Yum-Yum (soprano Andriana Chuchman). Bright, strong and charismatic, Curry’s voice projected a sweet yet virile expression, and he’s a natural, limber actor.”  [The Mikado, Detroit Free Press]

“….the poise, romantic convictions and effortless singing of tenor David Curry, a G&S veteran who commands this production from his first moment on stage…” [The Mikado, The Detroit News]

“Toronto Operetta Theatre’s production of Kalman’s Countess Maritza is uncommonly well sung. The main reason is David Curry as Tassilo, an outstanding Canadian tenor whose career has been in Europe. The charismatic Curry cuts a dashing figure on stage. He also has a pure crystalline voice and near perfect diction. In fact, it is Curry with his excellent acting and singing skills who makes this operetta truly romantic, and not just a bit of fluff.”  [Countess Maritza, Classical 96.3 FM Toronto]

“The title role was taken with immense distinction by David Curry, a young tenor singing and acting with equal assurance and authority, and surely soon a star.”  [Fiesque, The Spectator]

 

Video

David Curry as Hoffman in Les Contes d’Hoffman by Offenbach

Den Nye Opera, Bergen Norway, directed by Nicolas Joel and conducted by Marc soustrot

 

NEWS

DAVID CURRY OPENS IN BERGEN NORWAY
Opening on November 7, David Curry sings the role of Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Bergen National Opera. Directed by Robert Carsen, the production was last seen in Aix-en-Provence this past summer.
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DAVID CURRY DEBUTS WITH SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Tenor David Curry made his San Francisco Opera debut this September in the role of Pirelli in Lee Blakeley’s production of Sweeney Todd. Co-starring with Stephanie Blythe in San Francisco, David Curry also sang Pirelli in the same production at Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, where he appears regularly.

“David Curry made a deft Company debut as the barber and mountebank Pirelli.”
San Francisco Chronicle

 

DAVID CURRY IN NORWAY

Oslofjord cropped-credit Petr Ushanov

Tenor David Curry will be spending the summer at the OscarsborgOperaen singing the role of the Duke in Rigoletto. Performances take place at the Akershus Fortress in Oslofjord, Noway on an island close to Oslo.