David Margulis is emerging as a tenor with a bright future on international opera stages. He has been called “radiant voiced,” and been praised for his “clear, pleasing tenor.” Of his portrayal of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in his mainstage début at Arizona Opera, Opera Today raved: “David Margulis was an energetic Tamino who was only momentarily laid low by Pollard’s iconic monster. He sang with sumptuous lyrical sounds conveyed on a well-honed legato.” This season, he will perform the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Torquemada in L’heure espagnole with Opéra national de Lorraine; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Orlando in their inaugural season and the Bar Harbor Music Festival; Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids; Will in Middlemarch in Spring with Ash Lawn Opera; and Florville in Il signor Bruschino with Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
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In recent seasons, he joined the prestigious Internationales Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zürich where he demonstrated his refined dramatic sensibilities in a variety of operas including Jonathan Dove’s musical fairy tale The Enchanted Pig, Rossini’s colorful comic opera Le comte Ory, Haydn’s rarely seen “heroic-comic drama” Orlando paladino, Mozart’s hilarious comic singspiel Der Schauspieldirektor, and Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame. Additional operatic engagements include the role of Borsa in Rigoletto in his main stage début with Opera Santa Barbara; a production of a double bill of The Impresario/Le Rossignol in his main stage début with Santa Fe Opera; the inaugural New York Festival Song at North Fork program; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Phoenix Symphony. He also was seen at Tuscon Desert Song Festival performing on a program for the Ravinia Steans Music Institute on Tour with Kevin Murphy.
Mr. Margulis is earning a reputation as a champion of new works after being a part of numerous workshops of new pieces, including the workshop performance of Theodore Morrison’s first opera, Oscar, at The Santa Fe Opera and the workshop première of Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage at Arizona Opera. He has premièred several new works including the tenor solo in Robert Kyr’s Pacific Sanctus.
Additionally, Margulis has been engaged by some of the finest training programs in the country, where his assignments included: Goro in Madama Butterfly and Léon in The Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera; Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Alfredo in La traviata, Steuermann in Die fliegende Holländer, Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Arizona Opera; Young Servant in Elektra at Des Moines Metro Opera; Selimo in Maometto II at Santa Fe Opera; Molqi in The Death of Klinghoffer at Opera Theatre St. Louis; and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette at Seagle Music Colony. While a Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, he was privileged to work with some of the most respected coaches and conductors in the world, including Kevin Murphy, Malcolm Martineau, and James Conlon.
Mr. Margulis holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The University of Washington, and Florida State University. David is a three-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and recently, became a finalist in the Giulio Gari 2017 International Vocal Competition.