David McFerrin

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 musical genres.

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 Glass’ gripping two-character drama In the Penal Colony — a portrayal The Wall Street Journal hailed as “disturbingly eloquent.” Last season he rejoined Boston Lyric Opera as Junius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, appeared as Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, and made debuts with Boston Early Music Festival in Caccini’s Alcina (Neptune) and Odyssey Opera in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène (Agamemnon).  His other opera credits include Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Boston Baroque, and the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, Germany. This season’s productions include Spears’ Fellow Travelers (Joseph McCarthy) and Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Achilla) with Boston Lyric Opera.

David’s solo concert engagements have ranged from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice to Bernstein’s Broadway hits with the Boston Pops. He debuted in Carnegie Hall with Gustavo Dudamel and the Israel Philharmonic, and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony. David has been particularly regarded for performances of baroque repertoire with ensembles including Handel and Haydn Society, the Bay Area’s American Bach Soloists, Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire, New York’s TENET, Miami’s Seraphic Fire, and Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal. He has also appeared at the Tanglewood Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, and Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. In 2016 David was runner-up in the Oratorio Society of New York’s Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition, the premier U.S. contest for this repertoire.

An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. McFerrin has performed at the Caramoor Festival, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, New York Festival of Song, Five Boroughs Music Festival, SongFest, and completed four summer residencies at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Recently he co-curated and performed a program of songs from World War I, presented during the war’s centenary period in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Washington DC. Mr. McFerrin is also a member of the renaissance vocal ensemble Blue Heron, whose recent recording of 16th-century English polyphony won the 2018 Gramophone award for Best Early Music Album.

Mr. McFerrin holds degrees from Carleton College, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Juilliard School. He was a regional winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition, and received a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, given annually to promising young American singers. He now lives in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale with his wife Erin (a preservation consultant), their newborn daughter Fiona, and black lab Holly.