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image of David KempsterDavid Kempster – Baritone

Born in Chirk, North Wales, David Kempster studied at the Royal Northern College of Music.  He won the Young Welsh Singer Competition in 1998, and in 1999 represented Wales in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. David released his first solo CD in 2008.

David joined English National Opera as a Principal Baritone in 1998. Roles have included Teddy Foran in the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Chou En-Lai in Nixon in China, Conte de Luna in Il Trovatore, Anckarstroem in Un Ballo in Maschera, Poacher in The Cunning Little Vixen and Montano in Otello.

David has also sung Escamillo in Carmen for Glyndebourne on Tour and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, Thaos in Iphigénie en Tauride and Marcello La Bohème (in Hong Kong) for Welsh National Opera, Escamillo in Carmen, Marcello, Agamemnon La Belle Hélène and Sharpless Madama Butterfly for English National Opera, Germont in La Traviata and Marcello in La Bohème for Glyndebourne on Tour, the title role in Rigoletto in South Africa, his US debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Dallas Opera and Dr Falke Die Fledermaus for Glyndebourne on Tour.

Recent engagements include Lescaut in Manon Lescaut for Florida Grand Opera, Nottingham Roberto Devereux for the Dallas Opera and Iago Otello for Welsh National Opera.

Appearances on the concert platform include Fauré’s Requiem with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Carmina Burana with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican, with the Hallé and at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Opera Galas for Raymond Gubbay at the Barbican, The Bridgewater Hall and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, The Dream of Gerontius with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Welsh Proms in St David’s Hall Cardiff,  Judas Maccabeus with the London Mozart Players and concert performances of Eugene Onegin with the Hallé and Mark Elder and Leonore at the Schlossfestspiele in Ludwigsburg.

Recent engagements include Belcore Elixir of Love for English National Opera and Cecil Maria Stuarda for Opera North.  Engagements in 2010/2011 include Miller Luisa Miller, Sharpless  Madama Butterfly for Royal Danish Opera and Di Luna Il Trovatore for WNO.  Subsequent engagements include title role Don Giovanni for WNO and Amonasro Aida at the Royal Albert Hall.

Photo Credit: Brian Tarr