David Walton

David W.

Saint Paul, MN
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Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach from a very technical standpoint. Form and function, physicality, and basic science can teach you a lot about singing properly. My goal is to get the student to a point where they can teach themselves when they build their voice and the lesson becomes a weekly or monthly check in of the progress. As singers we want good results, but we have to focus on the process and the result will follow on its own correctly without forcing the result we want. This process of optimal sound and beautiful tone can take some time, but when the steps are taken correctly, the results become ideal.
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About

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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2008

David W. has made numerous appearances across the country as an up-and-coming lyric tenor. Recent roles include Count Almaviva with "requisite Rossini high notes" (The Wall Street Journal) in Francesca Zambello's new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at The Glimmerglass Festival and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Minnesota Opera, where David was hailed as “a true lyric tenor with strong Italianate stylings" and credited with “the sweetest singing of the evening” (Star Tribune). As the title role in Albert Herring with Union Avenue Opera, Broadway World called David "the perfect voice for this role."

David spent two years as a member of Minnesota Opera’s prestigious Resident Artist Program. There, he sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Tybalt in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and debuted the shepherd Silvio in a new production of the Lorenzo Da Ponte rarity L’arbore di Diana by Vicente Martín y Soler. Other credits as a Resident Artist include multiple world premieres including covering Larry Renault in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and singing Delbert Grady in Paul Moravec's The Shining, where Opera News described Mr. W. as "equally chilling in his casual charm and suavity."

Mr. W. made his Glimmerglass debut as Parpignol in La bohème and sang the role of Count Alberto in Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro as a member of their Young Artist Program. He also covered Reverend Parris in Francesca Zambello’s staging of The Crucible, performed the tenor solo from Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and played Frederic in a scene from The Pirates of Penzance for special guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Mr. W. covered Matthew Gurney in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, sang a Student in La rondine, and Belmonte in scenes from Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with the Saint Louis Symphony. He also sang Azor in Opera for the Young’s tour of Zemire et Azor by André Grétry and both Belmonte and Ernesto with Brava! Opera Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. David sang with Cantus Vocal Ensemble for three full seasons, touring the country and the world appearing at The Kennedy Center, The Royal Opera House of Muscat Oman, NPR Tiny Desk, and A Prairie Home Companion.

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Experience

Resident Artist
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Minnesota Opera

Young Artist
May 2016 - Aug 2016
Glimmerglass Festival

Young Artist
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Singer
Aug 2011 - Aug 2014
Cantus Vocal Ensemble

Education

Masters of Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2011
University of Mississippi
Bachelors of Music Education, Voice
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Harding University

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Latin
Limited Proficiency
Russian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching K-12
Jun 2009
State of Arkansas

Expired 2012

Photos & Videos

"Happy Felsch" in world premiere of THE FIX at Minnesota Opera.
Photo by David W.

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Ernesto (Don Pasquale by Donizetti), Minnesota Opera with Craig Colclough as Pasquale.

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Photo by David W.

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Belmonte (Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart), Madison Opera

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Ernesto in Donzetti's DON PASQUALE with Minnesota Opera, October 2017
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