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World-class Baritone and Nashville recording artist, David Britton, brings a unique sound to his audiences, by blending his big voice with a signature orchestral rock instrumentation. This approach is the result of Britton’s eclectic musical heritage, which included drumming in a rock band through high school and college, before beginning a career in opera. Over the past couple of years, Britton has emerged onto the scene with albums which take full advantage of both the classical training as well as the rock style creating music that is at times both intimate and grandiose.
David began studying classical voice at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where he discovered a love for opera and art song. He continued to refine his voice by studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. His experience has included performances under the auspices of Opera San Jose, Opera Santa Barbara, Festival Opera, Intermountain Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and the North Bay Opera.
He also made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York, as Townsend Harris in The Dawn of Japan by Toroku Takagi with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. With more than twenty roles in David’s catalogue, highlights include his well-received interpretations of Mozart’s Count Almaviva (Marriage of Figaro), and Don Giovanni.
Born to international missionary parents, David Britton spent his early years on the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. During childhood, he developed his love for music and diverse cultural styles while singing in churches around the world with his family and learning language skills in English, Italian, French and German.
David now resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and 2 children. He is a frequent guest soloist at Scottsdale Bible Church with one of the largest contemporary worship congregations in the southwest region.
He shares a little of his vision and hope: “In a world that is is full of so much turmoil and pain, it is my goal to use music to shed a glimmer of light; to bring comfort to those that grieve, peace to those at war, hope to those that fail, encouragement to those that feel alone, joy to those in despair.
I am grateful for the opportunity to create music that does not fit within any specific genre, that allows me to leverage the unorthodox musical influences of my life, that people of all generations and tastes may find something that speaks to them. Above all else it is my desire that those who listen may see past me to the One who created all things. That they may feel enriched by the texts I am privileged to sing, and that they may be inspired to dig in and hold fast to those things that matter most. And that all glory may go to God, the caretaker of my soul. Soli Deo Gloria!