Tenor David Curry brings a rare combination of musicianship and stage charisma to his performances in opera and concert repertoire from the San Francisco Opera to the banks of the Seine. He has been closely associated with Paris’s 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 the Soldier in Sunday in the Park with George, the Prince in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree as well as Rapunzel’s Prince in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. David also reprised his role of Pirelli in Sweeney Todd from Chatelet for San Francisco Opera, also creating the role of Pirelli for Vancouver Opera’s Sweeney Todd.
Recent highlights include Kudryash in Katya Kabanova for Danish National Opera, the Duke in Rigoletto for Oscarsborg Opera Oslo Norway, concerts with the Toronto and Vancouver symphonies in a Lerner and Loewe program with conductor Steven Reineke and he also appeared this past Valentine’s Day with the VSO. Recently he played Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Bergen National Opera in Norway and sang Einhorn’s Voices of Light with the Windsor Symphony. In Toulon this past season, David and Jenna Russell were featured in a Broadway themed concert.
He sang Lloyd Webber’s Requiem for Brott Summer Music and began his 2018/2019 season opening the Victoria Symphony Pops Series. The Ontario native returned to Bergen for a production of Bernstein’s Candide and looks forward to re-appearing in Bergen, Victoria, Toronto and Hamilton.
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 H.M.S. 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.
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. This past year David was honoured to be made “Associate” of the Royal Academy of Music for his contribution to Music and Theatre around the world.
|Bernstein||Tony||WEST SIDE STORY|
|LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN
LE DOCTEUR MIRACLE
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA
THE TURN OF THE SCREW
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
|Gounod||Roméo||ROMÉO ET JULIETTE|
|Granados||Don Fulgencio||MARIA DI CARMEN|
|Lehár||Camille/Danillo||DIE LUSTIGE WITWE|
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
DIE GÄRTNERIN AUS LIEBE
|TALES OF HOFFMANN
LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
|DIDO AND AENEAS
|Saint-Säens||Kornelius||LA PRINCESS JAUNE|
|Sondheim||Rapunzel’s Prince||INTO THE WOODS|
|Henrik Egerman||A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC|
|Redmond||SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE|
|Stravinsky||Tom Rakewell||THE RAKE’S PROGRESS|
|THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD
|Vaughan Williams||Fenton||SIR JOHN IN LOVE|
|Weill||Lottery Agent||DER SILBERSEE|
|Britten||SERENADE FOR TENOR, HORN AND STRINGS
ST. NICOLAS CANTATA
|Elgar||DREAM OF GERONTIUS|
ISRAEL IN EGYPT
ST. NICOLAS MESSE
|Mozart||MASS IN C MINOR
|Puccini||MESSE DI GLORIA|
|Rossini||PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE|
|Schubert||MASS IN G
DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN
“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]
“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]
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: MUSIC FROM JAMES BOND AND OTHER SPIES WITH VICTORIA SYMPHONY
On January 25 and 26, 2020, David sings in the unique concert of music from the James Bond series and others with the Victoria Symphony. victoriasymphony.ca
David Curry performs the role of the Governor of Buenos Aires in Bernstein’s Candide. With the Bergen National Opera, Bergen Philharmonic and the Greig Choir.
David Curry as Hoffman in Les Contes d’Hoffman by Offenbach. With the Den Nye Opera, Bergen, Norway. Directed by Nicolas Joel and conducted by Marc Soustrot.