A native of North Carolina, tenor, David Tayloe has been praised for his “lovely tenor that sings with Mozartean finesse.” David has made appearances with the Opera Birmingham, Bard Summerscape, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Louisiane, Piedmont Opera Company, the A.J. Fletcher Institute, LSU Opera, and Frost Opera Theater. His recent roles include Gatstone in La Traviata, Jason in Medea, Albert in Albert Herring, Student in Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields, Rinucchio in Gianni Schicchi, Candide in Bernstein’s Candide, and Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri. He has performed as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion as well as the tenor soloist in the Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Lord Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, and Theresianmesse, Schubert’s A-flat Mass, and Britten’s Serenade.
As a proponent of modern opera, he has been a performer at the Virginia Arts Festival for the Duffy Composers Institute, David has collaborated with composers on their original work including Libby Larsen, Ben Moore, and Jake Runestad, and Thomas Sleeper, including the West Coast premiere of Ben Moore’s Dear Theo and the world premiere of Thomas Sleeper’s Beatrice Bends for her Blue Ball. Equally at home in opera, lieder, and concert and oratorio repertoire, David has performed as the soloist for numerous masses and oratorio throughout the United States. Recent recital tours have taken Mr. Tayloe across the country, including a featured recital at the National Opera Center in New York City. He was a finalist in the American Bach Society national competition in 2012, and as a Semi Finalist in the Lyndon Woodside oratorio competition. David has been a performer with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Grammy nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire. He has participated in masterclasses by distinguished artists such as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles Renee Fleming and Wolfram Rieger.
Mr. Tayloe has sung under the batons of Craig Keir, James Allbritten, Jeannete Sorrel, James Meena, Evan Rogister, John Keene, Alan Johnson, Patrick Quigley, Julian Shew and Eugene Sirotkine. He has made performances with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera Company, the A.J. Fletcher Institute, LSU Opera, Opera Louisiane, Frost Opera Theater and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Mr. Tayloe can also be seen on the Newport Classic DVD label, in LSU Opera’s production of Willie Stark by Carlisle Floyd.
Mr. Tayloe holds degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Louisiana State University, the University of Miami, and the Eastman School of Music. David currently serves on the faculty at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa.
David is managed by Couret & Werner Artist Management – info at www.couretwerner.com.