David Kempster

Biography

David Kempster is one of a small number of true Verdi baritones to have emerged from the United Kingdom. He made his name at the English and Welsh National Operas, has appeared with all the major British opera companies and is now a member of the soloists’ ensemble at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen.

David was born in Wales and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. As a principal baritone at English National Opera from 1998, he sang roles including Marcello (La bohème), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Poacher (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Teddy Foran (The Silver Tassie, world premiere). For Welsh National Opera, David has sung the title roles in Don Giovanni, William Tell and Nabucco, as well as the Duke of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Sir Riccardo Forth (I Puritani), Thoas (Iphigenie en Tauride) and Iago (Otello). He was invited to sing Alfio and Tonio in the company’s gala staging of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci to mark its seventieth birthday. He appeared as Captain Balstrode in the Aldeburgh Festival’s landmark 2013 staging of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, part of the celebrations for Britten’s centenary, which was also recorded and broadcast.

David has worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, the Buxton Festival, the Dallas Opera, the Chelsea Opera Group, Florida Grand Opera the Danish National Opera (Den Jyske Opera), the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Opera Theatre Company in Dublin. He has been a soloist at the BBC Proms and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hallé, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster Orchestra and the London Mozart Players among others. He recently recorded the role of Sévère in Donizetti’s Les Martyrs for Opera Rara, which was named Recording of the Year at the 2016 International Opera Awards. He frequently gives master-classes to aspiring singers.

David is currently a member of the soloists’ ensemble at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen where has sung the title role in Rigoletto, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West, Iago in Otello and Alberto Roc in The Exterminating Angel. Forthcoming roles include Scarpia in Tosca and Chou En Lai in Nixon in China.

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera Roles

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Morales
CARMEN/Escamillo

Gaetano Donizetti

L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Belcore
ROBERTO DEVEREUX/Nottingham
MARIA STUARDA/Sir Guglielmo Cecil

Christoph Willibald Gluck

IPHIGENIE/ König Thoas

Engelbert Humperdinck

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL/Peter

Pietro Mascagni

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/Alfio

Jules Massenet

WERTHER/Johann

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/The Count
DON GIOVANNI/Don Giovanni

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Marcello
LA BOHEME/Schaunard
GIANNI SCHICCHI/Marco
MADAMA BUTTERFLY/Sharpless
MANON LESCAUT/Lescaut
TOSCA/Scarpia

Francis Poulenc

LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS/Gendarm

Johann Strauss

DIE FLEDERMAUS/Dr. Falke

Gioacchino Rossini

IL BARBIERE DI SEVILLA/Figaro

Giuseppe Verdi

AIDA/Amonasro
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA/Renato
OTELLO/Jago
LA TRAVIATA /Germont
RIGOLETTO/Rigoletto
IL TROVATORE/Conte di Luna
NABUCCO/Nabucco
Concert Repertoire

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem

Georg Friedrich Händel

Judas Macchabaeus
The Messiah, HVW 56
SAUL/Saul

Felix Mendelssohn

Elias

Carl Orff

Carmina Burana

Giacomo Puccini

Missa di Gloria
Discography
Donizetti – LES MARTYRS
Sir Mark Elder conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – cast includes Joyce El-Khoury, Michael Spyres and David Kempster. OPERA RARA (2015)
Elgar – THE APOSTLES
With the Hallé Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Sir Mark Elder with Rebecca Evans (soprano), Alice Coote (mezzo), Paul Groves (tenor), Jacques Imbrailo (baritone), David Kempster (baritone) and Brindley Sherratt (bass) Hallé Concerts Society (2012)
Solo Song Recital
David Kempster (baritone) sings a selection of songs from around the world with Heather Bills (piano) and A Bryn Parri (piano). Sain (2008)
Press Service

Photo: Brian Tarr

Photo: Brian Tarr

Representation:
DK, NO, SE, FI