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David Walton has made numerous appearances across the country as an up-and-coming lyric tenor. He performs frequently with Minnesota Opera where he is currently a Resident Artist. As Tybalt in the recent 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” (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."

This past summer, 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 its 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, he sang the Student in La rondine, Belmonte in scenes from Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Saint Louis Symphony, and covered Matthew Gurney in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. Mr. Walton also sang Azor in Opera for the Young’s tour of Zemire et Azor by André Grétry.

David was a finalist in the Upper Midwest region for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2015 and an Encouragement Award winner in 2011 for the West Tennessee and Mississippi District. From 2011 to 2014, he sang with the Cantus Vocal Ensemble, performing all over the world including the Kennedy Center, the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival, the Royal Opera House of Muscat Oman, and the Dubai Concert Series. He was also heard on NPR’s Tiny Desk and A Prairie Home Companion. Recent concert highlights include performing the tenor solo in Handel's Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Rogue Valley Symphony, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with Lipscomb University, and Cantata BWV 88 with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble. Upcoming engagements include performing Ernesto with Brava! Opera Theater of Ashland (Oregon) in its 2017 production of Don Pasquale, and singing Silvio in Diana’s Garden and covering Larry Renault in the world premiere of William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera.