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David Pittsinger: Broadway, Opera Star


Looking for some enchanted evening? Head down to Vero's Riverside Theatre to catch David Pittsinger perform a variety of musical selections from the world of Broadway on Tues. Nov. 15 and Thurs. 17.

The American bass-baritone is renowned as a stage performer of the greatest distinction for his dramatic portrayals in the world’s major opera houses and musical theatre. Pittsinger won great acclaim for his portrayal of the suave Frenchman Emile de Becque in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" in the Lincoln Center revival in 2008 and Riverside’s celebrated production in 2014. 

The Washington Post wrote of Pittsinger's performance in "South Pacific" at the Kennedy Center in 2010: “His brilliant, knife-clean bass-baritone voice, impeccable enunciation—even with a French accent—and his authoritative, passionate delivery provide the perfect mix of romance, passion, and traditional masculine bravado... His Emile is perhaps the definitive interpretation of this role in our time.”

Having appeared on the leading opera and concert stages in Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Paris, Tanglewood, Pesaro, New York, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Pittsinger is comfortable with baroque as with contemporary operas, as well as musical theater.  His vocal style and color are exceptionally wide-ranging, enabling him to perform a variety of repertoire and styles.

Pittsinger’s path to his current status as an internationally known operatic bass-baritone began early. He sang in a boys’ choir and had strong musical preparation in high school which led to roles in summer stock productions of classics as  "Man of La Mancha" and "Shenandoah."

Pittsinger's elegant musicianship also puts him in high demand for challenging twentieth and twenty-first century scores.  In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Pittsinger returns to The Metropolitan Opera to sing "Le Bret" in Francesca Zambello’s production of Franco Alfano’s "Cyrano de Bergerac." He also reprises his celebrated assumption of Fred Graham in "Kiss Me, Kate," directed by Lee Blakely at the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, which he debuted at the Théâtre du Châtelet last season. 

“Classical music opened up a whole new culture for me, offering the chance to study languages, to sing in other countries and absorb the culture of opera,” Pittsinger says.    

He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children. The two 7:30 evening performances at Riverside Theatre are directed by Allen D. Cornell with musical direction by Ken Clifton.