David Bailey, Tenor
Tenor David Bailey returns to the Opera Company of Brooklyn as George Dibdin in the upcoming performance of Der Vampyr on October 29, 2016. Equally at home in opera, oratorio, and concert, David is a soloist, recitalist, and performer in the New York area. Recently at Regina Opera, he has performed Camille in Merry Widow, Alfredo in La Traviata, and the songs of James Joyce at Bloomsday at Symphony Space. He has worked with composer Carlisle Floyd and conductor Anton Coppola on scenes from Floyd’s and Coppola’s operas. As an apprentice with Florida Grand Opera, he performed Beppe in Pagliacci and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. His work in Europe includes Den Nye Opera Norway and the Lyrique en Mer Festival France in productions of La Traviata, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Charlemagne Orchestra in Brugge, Belgium.
How did you get into Opera?
I always sang, as far back as I can remember. I started in my home church children’s choir around second grade. I began considering a classical singing career during high school when I discovered a CD of Carlo Bergonzi. His beauty of tone, his nobility, and his musicality all spoke to me and I thought, “Yeah, that’s what I want to do.”
What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?
My first show with OCB was Dialogue of the Carmelites, and I very much enjoyed the closeness we as performers felt with the audience members. It’s not usual to be so close performing operas, and it gives it a wonderful chamber music feel.
How do you relax when not on stage?
I like to play video games and watch movies. Also, curl up on the recliner with a good book.
Do you have any advice for other singers?
Languages, languages, languages. I’m a big lover of learning foreign languages, and it is so beyond helpful and necessary as a singer to have the immediacy of the language without having to think about it.
What are your dream roles?
Werther by Massenet, Lenski in Eugene Onegin
Which colleagues do you admire?
I very much admire my pianist/coach friends. Their ability to play, hear, analyze, and collaborate in music-making is inspiring.
Whichever one I’m currently working on! It’s impossible to pick just one, as they are all so different and each such a wealth of detail.
Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?
Don Giovanni – to have his charisma and charm.
What other music do you listen to?
Everything. From pop to orchestral and everything in between.
Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?
Absolutely. Particularly source material if a show is based on a book. I also am huge on listening and watching opera recordings/performances. You never know where you will pick up inspiration or ideas. For any given show, I may have 5 or 6 recordings by different artists.
How do you balance a career with a life offstage?
Not easy, but you make time for a social life. You get pretty good at balancing the singing, the day job, the gym, and family and friends.
How do you unwind after singing?
A good run or lifting weights at the gym to clear the head. Then a good book or movie before bed.
The dreaded question: Have you ever appeared in Phantom of the Opera?
No, but I did use “Music of the Night” as an audition way back in High School for the school musical.
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.