David Hamilton's distinctive, elegant lyric tenor has been heard at opera companies such as the Metropolitan, San Diego, Washington, Vancouver, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Teatro Bellini in Catania, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and New York City Opera. His broad repertoire as an orchestral soloist has led to engagements with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis.
Engagements for the 1998/99 season included the title role in Manitoba Opera's Faust, Rodolfo in La Bohéme for Arizona Opera, soloist in Bach Cantata No.110 with the Napa Valley Symphony, and a recital in Edmonton. Last season Mr. Hamilton sang the title role in Romeo et Juliette for Edmonton Opera, Peter Quint in The turn of the Screw for Manitoba Opera, soloist in Elijah with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, soloist in a Gala concert for Tulsa Opera, Alfredo in a concert version of La Traviata with the Colorado Springs Symphony, and soloist in Pucinella with the Napa Valley Symphony. The previous season included Ismaele in Nabucco for Edmonton Opera, soloist in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and The Messiah, both for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Martin in The Tender Land for Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and soloist in Brahms' Rinaldo for the Columbus Symphony.
Recent operatic engagements include the title role in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera and Central City Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Vancouver Opera and Opéra de Nice, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Tulsa and in Catania, the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw both for Edmonton Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Scottish Opera and Manitoba Opera, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette for Toledo, Der Kavalier in Hindemith's Cardillac at Stadttheater Gießen, and Belmonte in Entführung aus dem Serail for Des Moines.
Highlights from recent concerts include soloist in the Mozart Requiem for both the Pacific Symphony and the Springfield Symphony [IL], The Messiah with the symphonies of Columbus, Colorado, San Diego, and Minnesota, as well as in Carnegie Hall, Liszt's Faust Symphony in Madrid, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Vancouver with Sergiu Comissiona, Brahms' Rinaldo with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Dvorak Stabat Mater with the Columbus Symphony, and Ariel in Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust performed at the Caramoor Festival.
Mr. Hamilton is also an accomplished recitalist. Of note among his recitals across North America was the world premiere of Hugo Weisgall's song cycle Lyrical Interval.
Among the awards he has received are First Prize in the 1984 Paris International Voice Competition, the Eleanor Steber Award, and grants from the Sullivan and Puccini Foundations.
David Hamilton makes his home in Moorhead, Minnesota where he is a Music Professor on the faculty of Concordia College.