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David Gustafson (Alfred)

David GustafsonInternationally recognized for his robust, expressive voice, tenor David Gustafson (Alfred) made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2010 as Sentinelle in Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Placido Domingo, and later appeared as Tony in the company’s world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. Mr. Gustafson recently earned rave reviews in the title role of Otello with Festival Opera, and as Cavaradossi (Tosca), Radames (Aïda), and Prince Calàf (Turandot) with West Bay Opera. His broad range of operatic characters includes the key tenor roles in La bohème, La Cenerentola, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Martha, Pagliacci, and La traviata.

A frequent oratorio singer, Mr. Gustafson has performed concert works of Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Schubert, Haydn, Handel, and Bach, as well as Orff’s Carmina burana, Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He sang the world premiere of Robert Kyr’s Symphony No. 9 with the Eugene Symphony, as well as performing the European premiere in Denmark. He was featured as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra—the production being the Chinese premiere of Rossini’s masterpiece. Mr. Gustafson has performed live at London’s Abbey Road Studio and recorded the roles of Prince Hal/Henry V in Getty’s Plump Jack with the London Philharmonia. In addition to several symphonic appearances, upcoming operatic roles include Turiddu and Canio (Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci), Rodolfo (La bohème), Cavaradossi (Tosca), the title role in Otello, and John Wilkes Booth in a world premiere of John Cepelak’s Lincoln and Booth.

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