Ryan Opera Center Alumnus
Three-year Ryan Opera Center bass-baritone David Weigel, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, is an alumnus of Furman University (Bachelor of Music), the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Master of Music), the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Professional Artist Certificate), and the University of Michigan (Doctor of Musical Arts).
He was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program in 2017 (Death/Savitri) and 2013 (Collatinus/The Rape of Lucretia). He has also performed the title role, Leporello, and Masetto/Don Giovanni, Colline/La bohème, Don Basilio and Fiorello/The Barber of Seville, Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro, Bottom/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friar Laurence/Romeo and Juliet, Spencer Coyle/Owen Wingrave, the Bonze and Prince Yamadori/Madama Butterfly, the Speaker/The Magic Flute, Moralès/Carmen, Rambaldo/La rondine, Frank/Die Fledermaus, and Melchior/Amahl and the Night Visitors.
In concert the bass-baritone has sung Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, and Fauré, Brahms’s German Requiem, Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue, and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem.
Weigel has performed with North Carolina Opera, Greensboro Opera, Piedmont Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera North, and the Brevard Music Center. Most recently he performed Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro with Aspen Music Festival.
In Lyric Opera’s 2018/19 season he sang The Voice of Neptune/Idomeneo, First Minister/Cendrillon, and Dr. Grenvil/La traviata. In 2019/20, Weigel sang Prison Guard #1/Dead Man Walking, the Bonze/Madama Butterfly, and Sourin/The Queen of Spades.
Photo: Simon Pauly