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David Templeton

Associate Professor, Voice/Opera

Address: Cato Center, Room 209
Phone: 843.953.4311
E-mail: templetond@cofc.edu


David Templeton has garnered critical and popular praise as much for the stunning quality of his vocal portrayals, as for his striking dramatic and physical presence. Internationally, he has been admired as Silvio in I Pagliacci and Valentin in Faust with Opera de Puerto Rico, as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette for Edmonton Opera, Marcello in La Bohème and Valentin in Faust for both Winnipeg Opera and Manitoba Opera. In the United States, Mr. Templeton has appeared to great effect with Nevada Opera, Opera Columbus, Toledo Opera, Hawaii Opera, Sarasota Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Fresno Opera, Piedmont Opera, Mobile Opera, and Illinois Opera, among others.

Of his international appearances, OPERA Magazine stated, "baritone David Templeton displays a strong voice and a convincing air of authority." Das Opernglas concurred, "Faultless enjoyment on this evening was provided by David Templeton, who impressed with his evenly measured, fully formed baritone." Accordingly, the American Record Guide was effusive regarding his Germont in La Traviata, "Plangent-voice baritone David Templeton made the most of his fully restored scenes in Act II, and in the extended final scene; he reminded me of the young James Morris."

A perennial audience favorite with Opera Columbus, Mr. Templeton has bowed as the title character in Don Giovanni, in addition to the principal baritone roles in La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Carmen, and The Merry Widow. Indeed, the Columbus Dispatch affirmed, "Opera Columbus regulars already recognize the talents of David Templeton, which grow more impressive with every appearance. Templeton suggests he is poised to emerge as one of the next great American baritones."

Highlights of past seasons have been Don Giovanni with Nevada Opera, I Pagliacci and Eugene Onegin for Hawaii Opera, La Bohème for Toledo Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro and Così Fan Tutte for Connecticut Grand Opera, La Traviata and Luisa Miller for Sarasota Opera, Carmen for Fresno Opera, La Traviata with Piedmont Opera, and I Pagliacci for Mobile Opera.

On the concert and recital stage, Mr. Templeton has performed extensively throughout the United States in a diverse repertoire that encompasses Brahm's Ein Deutches Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Mussorgsky's Songs of Dances and Death, Ravel's Don Quichotte et Dulcinée, Schubert's Schwanengesang, and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs.

Mr. Templeton holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and an MM in Vocal Performance from Ohio State University.


Courses Taught

MUSC 131 - Music Appreciation
MUSC 292
- Repertory Class: Voice
MUSC 367
- Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop
MUSP 215
- Applied Music: Voice
MUSP 415
- Applied Music: Voice