David Dunlap

David D.

Newbury Park, CA

About David D.

David teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: 1980
Last sign in: Within two months


I teach the bel canto method of voice that I learned in preparation for my professional opera and legit musical theater career. This technique creates an ease and freedom of production that makes the voice more flexible and naturally resonant. As a performer, I relied on this singing technique to maintain my vocal health while singing eight performances a week in large theaters, and to make my voice carry clearly over the massive sound of an opera orchestra.

Other coaches and teachers are better than I am at teaching you a new song or helping you first enter the world of singing. If you would like to take your singing experience to the next level by discovering the natural beauty of your voice, and overcome difficulties like these:
--vocal "breaks"
--difficulty with higher or lower notes
--becoming hoarse after singing

then we could probably make a lot of progress by working together.

Photos and Videos

This song by Marurice Ravel demands flexible vocal production that extends seamlessly from low notes to high, and back again.


Robert Louis Stevenson in "Recollections - RLS"
Jan 1994 - Jan 1994
Hidden Valley Opera - Carmel Valley

World premier of a theatrical re-telling of the life of RLS. Music by Stephen Tosh.

George Milton in the opera "Of Mice and Men"
Jan 1985 - Feb 1985
HIdden Valley Opera - Carmel Valley

Martin Bernheimer, LA Times: "David Dunlap provides sympathetic counterforce as a George whose common sense and dignity are always undermined by a hint of desperation, and he illuminates the vocal line with an uncommonly flexible, poised lyric baritone."

Principal performer
Sep 1978 - Jul 1979
San Diego Opera

Sang principal roles in productions of Hamlet, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, La Traviata, Andrea Chenier and Faust.

Schaunard in "La Boheme"
Jan 1977 - Jan 1977
Hidden Valley Opera - Carmel Valley

Opera News: "A quite astonishingly inspired and professional opera company has appeared improbably in these days of financial crisis, and in an improbable place, the top of lovely Carmel Valley."


First Place - Los Angeles District
Feb 1978
Metropolitan Opera Auditions

2 Reviews on David D.

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Maddy Feb 6, 2017
· Musical Theater · In home David is so wonderful. I took lessons with him when I was a teen, and he was so kind and helpful (he still is of course lol). I learned so much that I still use today! The songs we learned were my audition pieces in college. He picked songs that really spoke to me in many different ways, giving me a range to work with. I miss our time working together, but I hope others will get the opportunity to learn with such a fantastic teacher!
Doug Feb 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio Extremely helpful. David showed me some exercises in preparation for my vocal performance in the studio. As a result, my singing has become more and more effortless and I can now continue to sing for much longer periods of time without doing damage to my voice. Awesome experience.
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