David Cushing is earning sensational acclaim in his young career. His versatile bass-baritone range is effortlessly demonstrated in a variety of roles including recent appearances in the title roles of Don Pasquale and Le nozze di Figaro, Frère Laurence in Roméo et Juliette, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Of a recent performance, the Boston Herald exclaimed, “his portrayal of hoodwinked old Pasquale, filled with pathos and unself-conscious humor, was a revelation. He could easily specialize in Italian opera’s wealth of foolish-old-man roles and become the basso buffo of his generation.”
Highlights from last season include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Count Monterone in Rigoletto with Boston Lyric Opera, Angelotti in Tosca with Mill City Summer Opera, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. This season marks a return to Boston Lyric Opera to perform Dr. Grenvil in La traviata, Masetto in Don Giovanni, an exciting staging of Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé, and Sparafucile and Count Monterone in Rigoletto at Opera Tampa.
Notable engagements include Tom in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Tampa; Nourabad in Les pêcheurs des perles, and Count Horn/Tom in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Colorado; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Florentine Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni at Syracuse Opera; Colline in La bohème with Opera Columbus; Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Lake George Opera; Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore; Mephistopheles in Faust with Baltimore Concert Opera; and Maometto in Rossini’s L’assedio di corinto alongside renowned soprano Elizabeth Futral with the Baltimore Opera.