From Shamokin, Pennsylvania, baritone David Wolfe has been praised as being “endearing” and “a vocal standout”. In 2023 he was seen on stage at the Metropolitan Opera as a National Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. He was also a Frank R. Brownwell III apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. There he was an Eccentric Spectator in The Love for Three Oranges, performed in the chorus of Carmen and covered Moralés. Also in summer of 2023 he was a resident artist with Belcanto Bootcamp at the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. There he studied the bel canto repertory in depth culminating in a recital of duets and scenes with world renowned soprano Lisette Oropesa.
This upcoming season he is eager to debut with Palm Beach Opera as a Bailey Apprentice Artist. There he will be seen as Sciarrone in Tosca. He will also cover Cesare Angelotti in Tosca and Hermann and Schlemil in Le Contes d’Hoffman while singing in the choruses of Hoffman and Norma.
He received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with acclaimed voice teacher W. Stephen Smith. He made his Northwestern Opera Theater debut as Paul in the Midwestern premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera, If I were You, Later appearing as Schaunard in La Bohème. He will sing the role of Luther Harlow/The Outlaw in Northwestern Opera Theater’s production of the new opera In a Grove by Christopher Cerrone.
David received his Bachelor of music from the Eastman School of Music,where he studied with both Jan Opalach and Robert Swensen. There he performed several roles in operas such as A Postcard from Morocco by Dominick Argento and Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann.
David has a strong passion for art song performance, as well as opera. In August, he attended the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, appearing in several recitals alongside faculty such as Steven Blier, Patricia McCaffrey, Graham Johnson, Alan Darling, Gerald Martin Moore, Lee Musiker, and many others.
David has also been active in community outreach projects with both the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He performed the role of Bunsen in the children’s show Dr. Freakquency’s Sound Lab, a project that showcases properties of sound through music.
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