David Malis | Benoit/ Alcindoro
David Malis, the first American to win the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, began his operatic career with the San Francisco Opera, debuting as Papageno inDie Zauberflöte.A leading baritone at the Metropolitan Opera for twelve seasons, his roles include Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Marcello in La Bohème, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos,Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Papageno. Mr. Malis’ acclaimed interpretation of Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff has taken him to the Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, the Thêàtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Welsh National Opera, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in a command performance for Diana, Princess of Wales. Mr. Malis has performed Figaro in The Barber of Seville, his debut role at the Vienna Staatsoper, over one hundred times, thirty of those performances with renowned Rossini maestro, Alberto Zedda. Other major engagements include Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuserin the Werner Herzog production at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Marcello at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro and Corebe in Berlioz’ Les Troyensat the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Greece. An active recitalist, Mr. Malis has appeared in concert around the world, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Hong Kong, Cardiff and Stockholm. Mr. Malis has taught at the Opera Theater of Lucca, Oberlin in Italy,Lingua e cantoin Sant’angelo, University of Miami in Salzburg, Icon Arts in Sibiu, RomaniaandGreek Opera Studio on the island of Syros, Greece. He is currently Director of Opera and Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Arkansas.