Baritone David Small continues to enjoy a vibrant career in opera and concert, having performed over 70 different opera roles in nearly 60 operas, including Rigoletto, Tosca (Scarpia), Traviata (Germont), Boheme (Marcello), and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro, which he performed well over 100 times). He has been featured as soloist with the Cincinnati May Festival Orchestra, Austin Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic in works such as Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bloch’s Sacred Service, and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater. Mr. Small has collaborated with conductors James Conlon, Anton Coppola, Peter Bay, Valery Ryvkin, Victor DeRenzi, Dr. Robert Larsen and many others. An avid recitalist, he has performed recitals with Anton Nel, Jean Anderson, Joachim Reinhuber, Steve Wogaman, John Novacek, and Eugene Cline, and has sung Schubert’s completeWinterreise 13 times (and counting).
David retired from The University of Texas at Austin after 21 years of service and moved to Boston in 2020. He was invited to join the voice faculty of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2021 and also serves as Artist Teacher of Voice for The Longy School of Music of Bard College. In 2011 he was selected as one of 4 NATS Master Teachers and his students have been finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National auditions, the International Verdi Baritone Competition, among others. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from DePauw University’s School of Music while studying with Thomas Fitzpatrick (protégé of American baritone, Mack Harrell) and earned an Artist Diploma in Opera and an MM in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of the great Italian basso Italo Tajo.