Praised by The Miami Herald for his “commanding stage presence and a voice of seductive beauty,” baritone David McFerrin has won critical acclaim in a wide variety of repertoire.
Mr. McFerrin is a mainstay of the Boston opera scene, and has sung on many other leading stages in the US and Europe. A former Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera, he has performed numerous roles with the company, including King Mark in Martin’s The Love Potion, Pallante in Handel’s Agrippina, and the Officer in Philip Glass’ gripping two-character drama In the Penal Colony. This season he creates the role of Dr. Ferguson in BLO’s world premiere of Julian Grant’s The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare. He has also sung with Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, Boston Baroque and the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, Germany.
Mr. McFerrin’s solo concert engagements have ranged from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice to the music of Cole Porter with the Boston Pops. Past performances include a Carnegie Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the Israel Philharmonic, and with the Cleveland Orchestra, Miami’s Seraphic Fire, New York’s TENET, and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society and A Far Cry. He has also sung in recital at the Caramoor, Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals. In 2016 Mr. McFerrin was a runner-up in the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition, the premier contest for this repertoire. This season he rejoins Handel and Haydn and TENET, debuts with Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal, and is a featured soloist with the Cape Symphony. Mr. McFerrin also performs throughout the Northeast and in the UK with the renaissance ensemble Blue Heron.
Mr. McFerrin holds degrees from Carleton College, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Juilliard School. He lives in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale with his wife Erin, a preservationist with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and their black lab Holly.