Praised by The Miami Herald for his "commanding stage presence and a voice of seductive beauty," baritone David McFerrin has won critical acclaim in a wide variety of repertoire.
Mr. McFerrin's solo concert engagements have ranged from Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice to the music of Cole Porter with the Boston Pops. Past performances include a Carnegie Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the Israel Philharmonic, and with the Cleveland Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Miami's Seraphic Fire, Cleveland's Apollo's Fire, New York's TENET, and Boston's Handel and Haydn Society and A Far Cry. In 2016 Mr. McFerrin was a runner-up in the Oratorio Society of New York's 2016 Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition, the premier contest for this repertoire. This season he rejoins Handel and Haydn and TENET, debuts with Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal, and is a featured soloist in the Cape Symphony's opera gala. Mr. McFerrin also performs throughout the Northeast and in the UK with the Boston-based renaissance ensemble Blue Heron.
Mr. McFerrin is also a mainstay of the Boston opera scene, and has sung on many other leading stages in the US and Europe. A former Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera, he has performed numerous roles with the company, including King Mark in Martin's The Love Potion, Pallante in Handel's Agrippina, and the Officer in Philip Glass' gripping two-character drama In the Penal Colony - a portrayal the Wall Street Journal hailed as "disturbingly eloquent." This season he creates the role of Dr. Ferguson in BLO's world premiere of Julian Grant's The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare. Last season Mr. McFerrin debuted with Boston Baroque as Achilla in Handel's Giulio Cesare. He has also sung with Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, and the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, Germany. Additional roles include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algeri and the title role in Britten's Noye's Fludde.
An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. McFerrin has performed at the Caramoor Festival, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, New York Festival of Song, Five Boroughs Music Festival, and completed four summer residencies at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Recently David co-curated and performed a program of songs from World War I. It was presented last season in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and is a part of the upcoming series at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.
Mr. McFerrin holds degrees from Carleton College, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Juilliard School. In 2008 he won 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council New England Region, and was awarded a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, annually given to promising young American singers. He lives in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale with his wife Erin, a preservationist with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and their black lab Holly.