Baritone David Babinet is rapidly becoming a sought-after baritone across the United
States. He began the 2004-05 season singing Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera San Jose,
attracting the attention of the local critics who asserted, "Handsome David Babinet
brought polished singing and charismatic presence to his randy Count Almaviva.”
In addition to his success as the Count with Opera San Jose, Mr. Babinet sings Marcello
in Le Bohème, Nicholas in Vanessa, Count Paris in Romeo and Juliet, and the Notary in
Der Rosenkavalier in the 2004-05 season with the Los Angeles Opera as a member of its
prestigious Resident Artist Program.
During the 2003-04 season, Mr. Babinet created the role of Prince Yusupov in the world
premiere of Deborah Drattell's Nicholas and Alexandra and sang the roles of Sid in La
Fanciulla del West, Hermann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di
Siviglia with the Los Angeles Opera. As a member of Portland Opera's young artist
program, the baritone sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte
and Dandini in La Cenerentola.
David Babinet also participated in the young artist program of the Chicago Opera Theater
where he performed the role of Cadmus in Semele. Other roles in his repertoire include
Valentin in Faust (Pacific Repertory Opera), Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Morales in
Carmen (Dayton Opera), Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore, Tarquinius in The Rape of
Lucretia, Lord Sidney in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims, and the Czar in Kurt Weill's The
Czar Has His Picture Taken. Mr. Babinet has also appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of
Music, Ohio Light Opera, Opera Colorado, Colorado Lyric Theater Festival, and the
Colorado Opera Troupe.
Mr. Babinet was a winner of the 2003 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional
Auditions. The Connecticut native holds a masters degree from the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelors degree in voice from the
University of Colorado at Boulder.
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