American bass-baritone David Pittsinger is renowned as a stage performer of the greatest distinction. Having appeared on the world’s leading opera and concert stages in Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Paris, Tanglewood, Pesaro, New York, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and San Francisco, he is equally at home in baroque through contemporary operas, as well as musical theater. His vocal range and color are exceptionally wide-ranging, enabling him to perform a variety of repertoire and styles.
Performing in four Live HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Pittsinger appeared as Comte des Grieux in Manon with Anna Netrebko, Le Spectre in Hamlet, Angelotti in Tosca and The Speaker in the Julie Taymor production of The Magic Flute, as well as the roles of Colline, Truelove and Achilla.
Upcoming role debuts include Roy Disney in Philip Glass’ world premiere of The Perfect American at Madrid’s Teatro Real with English National Opera, King Arthur in Camelot at Glimmerglass Festival, Jochanaan in Salome by Strauss at Portland Opera, and Marquis in Les Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc at the Metropolitan Opera.
A recital performer of both the classical and American Songbook literature, Mr. Pittsinger has also commissioned new works, most recently Scott Eyerly’s Arlington Sons which will premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin in fall 2012.
Signature roles include the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, The Villains in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, the title role in Massenet’s Don Quichotte, the title role in Don Giovanni, the roles of Figaro and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Scarpia in Tosca and Escamillo in Carmen.
Recent career highlights include creating the role of Eugene O’Neill in the world premiere of Jeanine Tessori and Tony Kushner’s A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck at Glimmerglass Festival; making history by performing in The Met’s Hamlet and on Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific in the same day; receiving the Helen Hayes nomination for “Best Leading Actor” as Emile de Becque in South Pacific (LCT National Tour | Kennedy Center); and appearing before the Supreme Court in a musicale for the Supreme Court Justices.
Mr. Pittsinger can be heard in recording on Charles Ives Songs(Volumes 1-6, Naxos), Carlisle Floyd’s Susanna (Virgin Records), and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (Ricercar), as well as the upcoming release of Rodgers & Hammerstein At The Movies (EMI).
A Connecticut native and graduate of UCONN and the Yale School of Music, Mr. Pittsinger received the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Alumni Award in 2006. He resides on the Connecticut shoreline with his wife, soprano Patricia Schuman, and his twin children Maria and Richard.