David Walton has made numerous appearances across the country as an up-and-coming lyric tenor. He spent two years as a resident artist with Minnesota Opera. Appearances this past season included covering Larry Renault in the World Premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and debuting the shepherd Silvio performed alongside Alek Shrader’s Endimione in a new production of the Lorenzo Da Ponte rarity, L’arbore di Diana by Vicente Martin Martín y Soler. As Tybalt in their production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Mr. Walton was described as “the production’s only good villain … a tightly coiled ball of restless anger” (The Pioneer Press). He sang in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Shining as Delbert Grady, with Opera News praising Mr. Walton as “equally chilling in his casual charm and suavity.” Other roles at Minnesota Opera include Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Spoletta in Tosca, and Tamino in The Magic Flute, where the Duluth News Tribune praised his “clean, clear voice.” Mr. Walton made his Glimmerglass Festival 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 Pirates of Penzance for special guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he sang Student in La rondine, Belmonte in scenes from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Saint Louis Symphony, and covered Matthew Gurney in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. He also sang “Azor” in Opera for the Young’s tour of Zemire et Azor by André Grétry, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Brava! Opera Theatre of Ashland, Oregon. He recently sang the title role in Albert Herring with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, 4th Jew in Salome with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Remendado in Carmen with the Lakes Area Music Festival.
David is a recipient of the 2017 Sullivan Foundation Grant from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation. He won 2nd Place and the Italian Diction Award in the 2017 Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition and received 2nd Place and Audience Choice Award with the 2017 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. Other competitions include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where he was a finalist in the Upper Midwest region and a district winner for Minnesota. Concert highlights include performing the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Rogue Valley Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Lipscomb University, and Cantata BWV 88 with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble.
Upcoming engagements include an Atlanta Symphony debut singing the tenor soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV 80 under the baton of Robert Spano and will sing Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Glimmerglass Festival in the Summer of 2018.