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David Adam Moore

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer lauds baritone David Adam Moore for his “enviable swagger coupled with a subtle musicality and big, handsome voice.”  In the 2014-15 season, he makes his role debut as Eugene Onegin in a return to Arizona Opera. 

He reprises Prior Walter in Eötvös’ Angels in America with Opera Wrocławska and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte in a return to Utah Opera and returns to Des Moines Metro Opera as Rappacini in Catán’s La hija de Rappacini.  In New York, he sings Melisso in Alcina in special performances at the Whitebox Art Center.  His future engagements include a leading role in a world premiere with the Salzburger Festpiele that he will repeat in his Metropolitan Opera debut.  Last season, he made his debut at the Neue Oper Wien as he creates the role of Lucifer in the world premiere of Eötvös’ Paradise Reloaded (Lilith) in his debut at the Neue Oper Wien. He also returned to San Diego Opera for Silvio in Pagliacci and New Israeli Opera for his first performances of Malatesta in Don Pasquale and joined Des Moines Metro Opera for Joseph DeRocher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.  He sang Schubert’s Winterreise in a new solo, multimedia production for Anchorage Opera and reprised David T. Little’s Soldier Songs at the Atlas Theater in Washington D.C.

Sought after on international stages, the Texas native has also joined the Teatro alla Scala for Demetrius in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Cascada in Die lustige Witwe after first joining the company for Maximilian in Robert Carsen’s production Candide, which he also sang at the Théâtre du Châtelet as well as in Hyogo and Tokyo, Japan.  He has sung the title role in Francesca Zambello’s production of Billy Budd with the New Israeli Opera in. Also with the company, he has sung Mercutio and Littore in David Alden’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea as well as Ned Keene in Peter Grimes. He made his German debut at Staatsoper Hannover as Figaro in Il barbiere di siviglia that was followed by the title role of Don Giovanni, a role that he also sang at the Kiel Oper. Additionally, he sang the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Carmina Burana at the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer in Belle-Ile, France and Escamillo in Carmen in the inaugural season of the Lismore Music Festival in Ireland.

He recently made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in a performance of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and subsequently sang Jud Fry in the company’s premiere and new production of Oklahoma!  A frequent presence at Seattle Opera, his previous roles with the company include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West.  He recently joined Pittsburgh Opera for the title role in Billy Budd and Marcello in La bohème, Glimmerglass Opera for Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and Arizona Opera and Palm Beach Opera for further performances of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte in addition to joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the same title.  He joined New Orleans Opera for Silvio in Pagliacci paired with Orff’s Carmina Burana in a double bill.  His other noted performances on American stages include his New York City Opera debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte as well as subsequent performances of the role with Austin Lyric Opera; Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and Utah Opera; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Grand Rapids; Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with the Opera Festival of New Jersey.  With Gotham Chamber Opera, he sang the title roles of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphée.

The baritone made his Avery Fischer Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s Manfred followed by performances of Rabbi Joshua in Dessau’s Hagadah shel Pessach, Don Carlos in Dargomizhsky’s The Stone Guest, and Janacek's From the House of the Dead with the same orchestra. He has also appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Robertson for Orff’s Carmina Burana and later joines the conductor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall for the same piece, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as Jesus in Elgar’s The Apostles, Orquestra Real de Sevilla singing Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Vesperae Solemnae, Utah Symphony for Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, and the Yakima Symphony in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem. Other appearances include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Cleveland Red Orchestra as well as with the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon.  Mr. Moore has sung performances of Schubert’s Winterreise as a guest artist at Houston Community College and Hesston College.

A staunch advocate of contemporary music, Moore has received great critical acclaim for previous performances of Prior Walter in Eötvös' Angels in America with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and at Fort Worth Opera and also sang Catesby and Rivers in Batistelli’s Richard III in his debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.  He sang previous performances of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with Virginia Opera, the Pilot in Portman’s Little Prince with Tulsa Opera and Laurent in Picker’s Thérèse Raquin at Dicapo Opera.  He created the role of Vincent Van Gogh in Rands’ Vincent as a guest artist with Indiana University’s Opera Theatre. He recently sang the premiere David T. Little’s Soldier Songs at Le Poisson Rouge in New York.  With the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, he sang Lieberson’s King Gesar at the Rubin Museum of Art.  He has also premiered a number of works by the American composers Martin Hennessy and Stephen Louis Bayne, most notably, 9/11/01 at Guggenheim Art Museum.  He performed Bertha by Ned Rorem; The Gold Standard by Scott Wheeler as part of the Kenneth Koch Tribute, which was co-sponsored by the New York Festival of Song; the world premiere of Hell, a new opera by Michael Webster and Eileen Myles; and the title role in Jonathan Eaton’s microtonal opera, Traveling With Gulliver with the New York New Music Ensemble in the work’s New York premiere.  Also an accomplished composer, his recent work, Kronos, was featured in a performance by the Oxymoros Dance Ensemble.

Moore is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


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