David Gordon - a life in music


The Washington Post describes David Gordon as "a model of style and charm, and an irresistible performer."

Since his operatic debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1973, David has forged a distinguished and innovative international career as opera and concert singer, recitalist, voice teacher, and seminar presenter.

A concert artist of international stature, he has appeared as featured guest soloist with virtually every major North American symphony orchestra, and with other prestigious orchestras and music festivals on four continents. His concert repertoire spans eight centuries of music and eight languages.

Praised as "One of the world's great Bach tenors." (Chicago Tribune) David has been heard worldwide in hundreds of performances of J. S. Bach's music. As soloist, lecturer, and master class presenter, he has appeared at every major north American Bach Festival, and at Bach festivals in Europe, South America, and Japan.

"A virtuoso singer and actor," (Salzburg Nachrichten) on the operatic stage, David has performed 59 principal operatic roles with the Metropolitan Opera; San Francisco Opera; Chicago Lyric Opera; Houston Grand Opera; Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center; Hamburg Staatsoper (Germany), and many other international companies.

David is also a prolific classical recording artist, and appears on 15 CDs for RCA Red Seal, Decca, London, Telarc, Dorian, Newport, and Vox.

In addition to his performing career, David is a dedicated teacher, coach, and vocal mentor. Students from David's private studio include professional singers on major operatic and concert stages of North America and Europe; soloists in musical theater, jazz, and pop; voice-over and commercial artists; and actors on stage and TV.

David is also a dynamic, entertaining, and inspiring master class presenter, known for his solo voice workshops and his innovative group/choral vocal seminars.

As Dramaturge of the annual Carmel Bach Festival, David leads the Festival's nationally renowned Vocal Master Class, a training program for young professional singers. He presents most of the Festival's pre-concert lectures, and creates all the Festival's supertitles.

David Gordon has served on the music faculty of Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

David is married to Ginna B. B. Gordon, an artist and cookbook author. Together they are co-owners of Lucky Valley Press, an indie publisher located in Jacksonville, Oregon