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David MacAdam is a versatile singer who excels equally in concert, operatic & musical theatre repertoire. He has performed with opera companies including Greater Buffalo Opera, Syracuse Opera, Artpark Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Nickel City Opera, Théâtre lyrique de Gatineau, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Opera Breva, Opera Sacra, and others in both Canada and the United States, with distinguished conductors including Christopher Keene, Gustav Meier, David Efron, Anton Coppola and Mario Bernardi, and with Stage Directors including among others Ken Cazan, Nicholas Muni, Herbert Kellner, and Charles Nelson Reilly. David has often been heard in recital & concert, in live broadcasts on CBC Radio and the WBFO Opus Classics Live series in the U.S., and in performances and premiers of “New Music”, including the world premiere of Persis Vehar's opera "SHOT!" in June of 2016. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo, he holds BFA and MM degrees in Vocal Performance, both with honors. His education includes training in all areas pertaining to the lyric stage: vocal performance, dance, acting, directing, stage management, and technical areas, and he participated in master classes conducted by such luminaries as Gérard Souzay, Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin, Margaret Harshaw, Heinz Rehfuss, and Maureen Forrester, among others, with extensive focus on lieder & mélodie.

As a Stage Director, David has led many productions and worked with prominent international casts, including critically acclaimed Nickel City Opera (Buffalo) productions of The Barber of Seville (2009, NCO’s début opera) and Rigoletto (2010). Critics and audiences alike have praised him for his fine sense of both comedy and drama, his vision in staging & design, and his interpretations of works ranging from the most standard repertoire to contemporary works. David is also an Associate Performance Instructor in Voice at Carleton University, has an extensive private vocal studio, and truly enjoys and is committed to working with aspiring young artists. David is a member of both the Canadian Actors Equity Association and the American Guild Of Musical Artists.


LA CANTERINA (Don Pelagio)                                              Haydn
COSI FAN TUTTE (Ferrando) (I, E)                                        Mozart
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Tamino, Monostatos) (G, E)               Mozart
DON GIOVANNI (Don Ottavio) (I, E)                                    Mozart
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Don Basilio, Don Curzio)     Mozart
THE IMPRESSARIO (Mr. Cash, Mr. Angel)                           Mozart
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Almaviva) (I, E)                            Rossini
SALOME (1st, 3rd, 4th Jews)                                                R.Strauss
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Brighella, Tanzmeister)                  R. Strauss
SHOT! (Dr. Rixey/Police Agent/Prison Official)                   Vehar
LA VIE PARISIENNE (Le Brésilien)                                        Offenbach
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN (Four Grotesques)                Offenbach
LA FILLE DU TAMBOUR MAJOR (Griolet)                           Offenbach
THE TENDER LAND (Martin, Mr. Splinters)                        Copland
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Normanno, Arturo)                 Donizetti
AMAHL AND THE HIGHT VISITORS (King Kaspar)             Menotti
GIANNI SCHICCHI (Rinuccio, Gherardo)                             Puccini
IL TABARRO (Il Tinca, Song Vendor, The Lover)                 Puccini
DIDO AND AENEAS (Aeneas, Sailor, Spirit)                         Purcell
THE DIARY OF ONE WHO VANISHED (Jan)                         Janácek
LA VEUVE (Gaspar)                                                               Lavallée
UN MARI À LA PORTE (Florestan)                                        Offenbach
BA-TA-CLAN (Fé-ni-han)                                                       Offenbach
THE BARTERED BRIDE (Vasek)                                             Smetana
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Slender)                       Nicolai
PAGLIACCI (Beppe)                                                               Leoncavallo
H.M.S. PINAFORE (Ralph Rackstraw)                                   Sullivan
RIDERS TO THE SEA (Bartley)                                               R.V.Williams
THE CANARY CANTATA (Protagonist)                                 Telemann
HIN UND ZURÜCK (Bearded Sage)                                     Hindemith

Extensive repertoire including Classical, Operatic, Musical Theatre, & "Popera", available upon request.

BACH, J.S.                              Cantatas 63, 91, 142, 160, 182, 189, etc.
                                               Johannes-Passion (Evangelista, Jesus)
                                               Magnificat in D    
                                              Weinachtsoratorium (German, English)
BRITTEN, B.                           Rejoice In The Lamb  
                                              Canticles I, II, III, V
CHARPENTIER, M.-A.            Messe de minuit pour Noël
GOUNOD, C.                         Messe solennelle (St. Cecilia Mass)
HANDEL, G.F.                        Messiah
HAYDN, J.                               Die Schöpfung (German, English)
                                              Lord Nelson Mass
MENDELSSOHN, F.               Elijah
                                              Saint Paul
                                              Hymn of Praise
MOZART, W.A.                       Requiem
                                               Vesprae Solennes De Confessore
ORFF, C.                                  Carmina burana
                                               Catulli carmina
ROSSINI, G.                            Stabat mater
SAINT-SAENS, C.                    Christmas Oratorio
SCHUBERT, F.                         Mass in B-flat
                                                Mass in G
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.       Four Holy Songs

Greater Buffalo Opera Company, Syracuse Opera, Buffalo Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Lyra Ottawa, El Paso Opera, Opera Sacra, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Théâtre Lyrique de Hull/Gatineau, Ottawa Pocket Opera, Ensemble Singers (Bermuda), Opera Breva (Ottawa), Cantata Singers (Ottawa), Buffalo Choral Arts Society, Earlville Opera House, Lancaster Opera House, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), WBFO-FM Radio (Buffalo), Carleton University, University of Ottawa, State University of NY at Buffalo, Syracuse Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, others

 Stage Director

   RIGOLETTO                                              (Verdi)                                          Nickel City Opera (NCO)

   THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (It./Eng.)         (Rossini)                                       Nickel City Opera; Ott. Pocket Opera

   THE MAGIC FLUTE                                   (Mozart)                                       Ottawa Pocket Opera (OPO)

   PAGLIACCI                                                (Leoncavallo)                               Ottawa Pocket Opera

   RIDERS TO THE SEA                                (R.V. Williams)                     Ottawa Pocket Opera

   DIDO AND AENEAS                                  (Purcell)                                       Ottawa Pocket Opera

   LA FILLE DU TAMBOUR MAJOR              (Offenbach)                                 Théâtre Lyrique de Hull

   THE TELEPHONE                                      (Menotti)                                     Ottawa Pocket Opera

   UN MARI À LA PORTE                               (Offenbach)                                Théâtre Lyrique de Hull

   MONSIEUR CHOUFLEURI                        (Offenbach)                                Théâtre Lyrique de Hull

   IOLANTHE                                                (Gilbert & Sullivan)                      Ottawa Savoy Society

   BETLY / RITA                                             (Donizetti)                                   Opera Breva

   AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS        (Menotti)                                     NCO (12/2010); OPO; Opera Breva

   BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE                      (W.A. Mozart)                              Opera Breva

   THE IMPRESSARIO                                   (W.A. Mozart)                              OPO; Opera Breva

   GALLANTRY                                              (Moore)                                        OPO; Opera Breva

   OPERANTICS I & II                                   (Clyne, Brathwaite, MacAdam)   Opera Lyra Ottawa

   CATULLI CARMINA                                  (Carl Orff)                                      Ottawa Choral Society

   CARTAZAN                                               (Bostick/Schmidt) (Premiere)     Syracuse Opera Studio

   SCENES PROGRAM                                 (various)                                       Syracuse Opera Studio

   AN EVENING IN VIENNA                         (Léhar, etc)                                   Earlville & Lancaster Opera Houses

   THE DIARY OF ONE WHO VANISHED    (Janácek)                                      State Univ. of NY/Buffalo

   THE CANARY CANTATA                           (Telemann)                                  OPO; State Univ. of NY/Buffalo