|David Wakeham (baritone)
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Internationally acclaimed baritone David Wakeham has established a world wide reputation, with critically acclaimed performances at some of the world's leading opera houses, including La Scala Milano, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Theatre an der Wien, the Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Bonn and Opera Australia in major roles in the Czech, German and Italian repertoire.
From 1993, David Wakeham was a
member of the Zürich Opernstudio, making his debut at the Opernhaus Zurich in secondary roles in Fedora, Rigoletto, Macbeth and Don Carlo under conductors such as Nello Santi, Alun Franci, Manfred Honeck and Adam Fischer.
Amongst David Wakeham's most notable engagements are: Falstaff, Macbeth and Rigoletto for the Komische Oper Berlin; Il Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Jochanaan (Salome) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf; Germont Père (La Traviata) and Genoveva at Oper Leipzig; Der Vater (Hansel und Gretel) at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munchen; Jochanaan (Salome) at the Staatsoper Stuttgart; Alfio and Tonio (Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci), Der Graf (Capriccio) and Rodrigo (Don Carlo) at Opera de Nantes; Nabucco in Berne (Switzerland), Western Australia Opera Company, The National Opera Greece; Zurga (Les Pecheurs de Perles) at Opera Queensland; and Germont Pere (La Traviata) at Opera Australia and Oper Bonn. Germany. He has performed the role of Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde) many times both in concert and on the opera stage in Halle Germany, Queensland Music Festival and Western Australia Opera.
At the invitation of Lothar Zagrosek, David Wakeham sang performances of Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony, in Brussels, Antwerp and Stuttgart. The final performance was broadcast live and recorded by DeutschlandRadio, Berlin. As a result of these concerts, Maestro Zagrosek invited David Wakeham to sing Jochanaan on tour to the Canary Islands Music Festival.
In June 2003 David Wakeham made his debut at La Scala Milano, in the role of Harasta (Forester) in The Cunning Little Vixen (Příhody liky Bystrouky). This was the first performance of a Czech opera in the original language ever mounted in Milan. It was broadcast nationally and recorded live. David Wakeham performed the role of The Old Doctor (Vanessa) in May 2006 at Teatro Massimo, Palermo. This was the first occasion this opera had been performed in Italy for 35 years.
In 2010 he sang the Australian premiere of Ich Wandte mich und sah an alles Unrecht..,by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, coupled with Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Fritsch. This continues his concert repertoire which includes Bach's Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion, Messiah, Brahm's Reqiuem (Cairo), In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
David Wakeham has worked with many renowned conductors and directors, including: Sir Andrew Davis and David Pountney (Cunning Little Vixen, La Scala), Mikhail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Daniel Lipton, Carlo Felice Cillario, Mark Elder, Kyrill Petrenko, Gabriele Ferro, Francesco Corti, and Yakov Kreizberg; Achim Freier, Christine Mielitz, Andreas Homoki, Pet Halmen, and Grisha Asagaroff.