David Trudgen


David Trudgen


Canadian Citizenship

The Chicago Tribune declared Canadian counter-tenor David Trudgen as “the next generation’s answer to David Daniels” for his appearance as Medoro in Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Handel’s Orlando conducted by Raymond Leppard. Most recently, Mr. Trudgen appeared as Goffredo in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Rinaldo, Bertarido in Rodelinda for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, as well as the workshop of Bound with Against the Grain Theatre and he looks forward to Messiah with the Pacific Symphony of California.

Highlights of the 2015-2016 season included Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Pacific Opera Victoria and Carmina Burana for Chorus Niagara.

Additionally, Mr. Trudgen sang the title role in Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of Giulio Cesare and has also been heard in Carmina Burana with the Kingston Symphony and Victoria Symphony, Messiah for the Ann Arbor Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in a staged presentation by the National Ballet of Canada. Further credits include his Boston Baroque debut singing Armindo in Handel’s Partenope, the title role in Orlando for Toronto’s Opera in Concert, Messiah with Chorus Niagara, Arcano in Teseo for Chicago Opera Theatre and the World Premiere of Alice in Wonderland for Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

A tall commanding figure on the stage, he made his Wexford Festival and Opera Theatre of St. Louis debuts in the world premiere of The Golden Ticket. Additional Handel credits include Nerone in Agrippina for Boston Lyric Opera, Dardano in Amadigi di Gaula for Central City Opera, the title role in Giulio Cesare for Opera in Concert, Messiahs for the Newfoundland Symphony, Edmonton Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia and Israel in Egypt with Noel Edison and the Mendelssohn Choir. Mr. Trudgen is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance.

September 2018


Ash/Sturrock Mike Teavee THE GOLDEN TICKET
Chin Whit Rabbit, March ALICE IN WONDERLAND
  Hare, Badger  
Handel Nerone AGRIPPINA
  Hercules HERCULES



“As the opera’s troubled namesake, counter-tenor David Trudgen gives a virtuoso performance. His singing is consistently expansive and heartfelt, his vocal decoration daring and inventive in moments of Baroque-sanctioned improvisation. When Handel wrote the Orlando role for Senesino, the go-to Italian opera hero of his day, he awarded a scant three da capo arias to his superstar, hoping perhaps to rein in the illustrious divo’s notorious tendency to over-embellish. Mr Trudgen, with his meticulous sense of proportion and transparent technique, would undoubtedly have appealed to George Frideric. More than one commentator has likened this emerging Canadian talent to a young David Daniels. It is an apt comparison. Trudgen’s ethereal sound and his ability to convey a sharp, pointed characterization make him a compelling presence on stage. His mad scene is harrowing.”
Opera Going Toronto, Ian Ritchie [Orlando]

“Countertenor David Trudgen, a tall White Rabbit in Argyle socks and plaid blazer, bustled about impressively, his high-strung nerves nearly as powerful as his ringing top notes.” [Alice in Wonderland, Opera Theater of Saint Louis]
Wynne Delacoma, Classical Review

 “The chief vocal honors Wednesday went to David Trudgen as Medoro. Trudgen could be the next generation’s answer to David Daniels. He sang with a beautiful legato, fine musicality and uncommon expressive conviction.”
Chicago Tribune

“The vocal laurels, however, were taken by David Trudgen as Medoro for his melting “Verdi allori.”
Opera News

“As Medoro, countertenor David Trudgen, who seemed to be channeling David Daniels, complete with two-day-old beard, displayed a robust, colourful sound. His eloquent Act II aria, “Verdi allori”, was one of the more musically convincing moments of the show.”
From the “Wall Street Journal

“I just graduated a countertenor last semester, who is just as phenomenal as David, David Trudgen is his name, a phenomenal voice. It’s bigger in some respects than David’s, but he has the ability to just pare it down to nothing. He sang—I don’t know if you saw the Poppea production that we gave here last year—he was one of the Nerones, a big fellow, of surpassing musicality and gorgeous voice. And he can sing a bit higher than David; he sings a high C that just peals the paint.”
From “Living Music” University of Michigan School of Music American Music Institute 2006

“…Trudgen had a commanding, but not over-exaggerated stage presence as you sometimes find in opera. You can’t help but hate (Trudgen) a little for the narcissism portrayed.”
From “The Norman Transcript”

“…This wonderfully restored building (Detroit Opera House) was the site of our Met auditions today.  My fellow jurors were Mark Graf and Diane Zola.  Diane is Artistic Administrator of the Houston Grand Opera and one of the most influential and capable people in the US in the area of the advanced development and training of opera singers. She ran the Houston Studio program brilliantly for the last 5 years and no doubt still keeps an eagle eye on it while she copes with her now wider responsibilities. She is always a pleasure to be with so we had a lot of fun today.  And we had a pretty good group – 30 in all as it turned out.  Amongst them was that rarity, a truly remarkable Counter Tenor (David Trudgen), a 24 year old from the exceptional school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.”

From “Life as a General Director of COT” by Brian Dickie



Rinaldo at Pacific Opera Victoria
Counter-tenor David Trudgen, sings the role of Goffredo in Pacific Opera Victoria’s upcoming production of Handel’s Rinaldo. Performances run April 19 – 29, 2018 at the Royal Theatre.


Rodelinda at Opera in Concert
David Trudgen sings the role of Bertarido in Handel’s Rodelinda with Opera in Concert. Performances run November 26, 2017, at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. 

Bound: A Handel Mashup  at Against the Grain Theatre
David Trudgen joins Against the Grain Theatre in their upcoming production of Bound: A Handel Mashup. Performances run December 14 – 16, 2017 at the COC’s Jackman Studio, Toronto.



“Al lampo dell’armi” from Giulio Cesare by Handel