Artist Spotlight: Bass-Baritone Carl DuPont

Carl DuPont, Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Carl Dupont will debut with OCB as Sir Humphrey Davenaut in the upcoming performance of Der Vampyr on Oct. 29. Carl has been celebrated for his “dramatic, dark tones” in a wide range of roles including Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea, and Jim in Porgy and Bess at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Southwest Florida Symphony and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. An alumnus of Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Dr. DuPont currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

 

How did you get into Opera?

I was called in as a last minute replacement to sing Amahl, in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Seaside Music Theater. The show had been cast for months, but the boy who they cast didn’t have the high notes. At the time I was a boy soprano who could sing Mozart Exultate Jubilate, and I had just relocated with my family, and my name was recommended to them. I came in and auditioned, and after waiting outside for 5 minutes they offered me the job. I found out later the company was discussing whether they could cast a black child with a white mother, but they decided to go with me. I’m still friends today with the singer that played my mother, and who advocated for me to get the role.

What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?

High artistic values combined with a fun and congenial atmosphere.

How do you relax when not on stage?

Crime thrillers set in exotic locations, or action films. I still kinda want to be a spy.

Do you have any advice for other singers?

Learn, love, and live the languages that opera is written in. It makes all the difference in how you communicate when you have good language skills.

What are your dream roles?

Nick Shadow, Escamillo, Olin Blitch.

Which colleagues do you admire?

Bass Kevin Short.

What/who is your favorite opera and composer? Why?

Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart. Those characters say what I am thinking. It feels like six different sides of me coming to life and interacting.

Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?

I’d give ANYTHING to sing through La Fleur que tu m’avai jetée just once in my life.

What other music do you listen to?

Chrisette Michelle, Janet Jackson, and Lauryn Hill are favorites of mine. I also listen to gospel music when I need inspiration or I’m homesick.

Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?

Mostly musicological texts that decipher the music. It helps me to keep the whole experience in perspective.

How do you balance a career with a life offstage?

Poorly.

How do you unwind after singing?

I always find it best to be around other people after I sing. I need their energy to help me slowly come down, and not crash. So going out for drinks with castmates or friends helps.

The dreaded question: Have you ever appeared in Phantom of the Opera?

I have not, but my first voice teacher taught the second or third singer to sing Phantom on Broadway, so I might be a distant vocal cousin.

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Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: Der Vampyr on Saturday, October 29 from 7 PM to 9:45 PM at 600 W 218th Street, 1 G, NY, NY 10034. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $40 day of and can be reserved online here. For more information about the production and cast, click here.

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