David Lee

 

Singing/Piano/Music Theory

David is a Belfast-native countertenor who was recently a member of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio Programme for the 19/20 season. After graduating from King’s College London with a BMus, he attended the Royal Academy of Music for his MA in Vocal Performance, where he studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Chad Vindin, receiving the Helen Eames Prize in his final year.

 

His operatic roles include Oberon (Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Giulio Cesare (Handel, Giulio Cesare), Orfeo (Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice), and Apollo (Mozart, Apollo et Hyacinthus). Most recently, David portrayed the role of Princess Poppy in Victor Herbert’s operetta The Enchantress. Other performances include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Vivaldi’s Gloria, alongside a number of other notable Oratorio works. Prior to pandemic David received multiple awards including The Northern Ireland Singer Stevenson Award, The Bella Voce Award, and The Grace Marshall Memorial Teachers Cup. Alongside his vocal performing, David has provided services as an accompanist and organist working with both churches and individuals. In the last year, David pursued his passion for teaching at local schools in Northern Ireland, primarily working with pupils at a grammar school in Belfast. Future engagements include performing at the Limerick ‘Rising Stars’ 2021 concert.

 

Alongside solo work, David has extensive experience as an ensemble performer. A founding member of The Ulster Consort, David also sings with the early-music ensemble Sestina. During his time at University, David was a member of The Chapel Choir of King’s College London for three years, performing regularly around England, as well as travelling to Italy, Germany, the USA, and Canada. David also spent a hugely successful four years with the a cappella group All the King’s Men, encompassing three sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs and two award-winning CDs, alongside regular tours to the USA, France, and Russia.