Baritone

DAVID DEWITT

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David appeared as Monsieur Reyer in the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, where he toured most of the United States and much of Canada for nearly eight years. He also appeared as Gus in the Broadway National Tour of Cats, Webber in The Last Empress at Lincoln Center, and as Javert in Les Miserables at Northern Stage. In 2016 David starred as Nate in Newton’s Cradle with the New York Musical Festival directed by Tony award winning actress/director Victoria Clark. Film and TV credits include the Make-up Artist in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, Michael in Under Shelter, Oscar in Outside the Window, Rusty in King's Day Out and Michael and Sammy in the Mary Tyler Moore TV series, New York News. In addition to being an actor, David is also an accomplished painter, illustrator, writer and director. He produced, directed and edited the short film Dear Mr. Spielberg, which was screened at the Sundance Festival. His writing and directing skills have been showcased in multiple works performed at the West End Theatre in New York City. He currently writes a monthly column on fatherhood for Country Wisdom.

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JOSÉ SACIN

Known for his expressive voice of “liquid gold” and the “stage presence of a lion” Peruvian native José Sacin is considered one of the leading South American baritones of our time. He has performed and collaborated with the foremost figures of the opera and music world today including a nationally televised performance for Pope Benedict XVI alongside Placido Domingo at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC; with Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera; the Chilean soprano Veronica Villaroel; American soprano Alessandra Marc, Enrique Ricci and Will Crutchfield. He performed the world premiere of selected passages from the newly discovered version of Verdi's La Forza del Destino with Philip Gossett at the Caramoor International Festival. He has worked with the Washington National Opera, Opera de Lima, Opera Delaware, Baltimore Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, Caramoor Opera Festival, Opera North, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Mediterranean Opera Studio, Maryland Opera Society, In Series, Opera New Hampshire, Opera NOVA, among others. Main roles include the title roles of Rigoletto, Macbeth, Gianni Schicchi and Don Giovanni, Germont (La Traviata), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria), Figaro (Barber of Seville), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Rodrigo (Don Carlo). Sacin has extensive appearances in Spanish Zarzuelas like El Barberillo de Lavapies, Los Gavilanes, Luisa Fernanda, La Tabernera del Puerto, El Duo de la Africana and Bohemios.

JASON BUCKWALTER

American baritone Jason Buckwalter is known for his “super-sized characters” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “theatrical fire” (Baltimore City Paper). A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Jason now lives in Baltimore and performs throughout Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Maryland Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Young Victorian Theatre Company, and The Figaro Project. Operatic roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Schaunard and Marcello in La bohème, and Frank and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. Jason performs regularly with Maryland Opera's outreach program, bringing opera to elementary school students and classic musical theater and American standards to senior centers throughout Maryland.

 

ROB MCGINNESS

Baritone Rob McGinness has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “impressive singing . . . well-supported tone and supple phrasing.” This season Rob is looking forward to both his Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall solo debuts. His season will also include performances with New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. Often featured portraying opera’s “bad boy,” Rob’s operatic credits include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Marcello in La bohème. He has also sung Enrico in Lucia, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a performance lauded for a “bright baritone and winning jitteriness” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. As a featured soloist, Rob has performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, the Duruflé Requiem with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Brahms Requiem with Portsmouth Pro Musica. Other concert credits include Carmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare and Schubert’s Mass in G with Concert Artists of Baltimore, where Rob’s performance was lauded by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for its “poetic warmth.” Next season Rob is thrilled to be joining Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, performing multiple roles including Schaunard in La bohème and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos.

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JASON WIDNEY

Praised by The Washington Post as “velvety voiced,” Jason Widney is a versatile performer and pedagogue. A frequent oratorio soloist, he performs regularly with the Washington Bach Consort, making solo appearances in the Noontime Cantata Series as well as singing Christus in the St. John Passion. He has performed as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and the Schütz Requiem with New Dominion Chorale and the St. Matthew Passion with Bach in Baltimore. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Handel Choir of Baltimore in Vaughan Williams’ Mass in g minor and Handel’s Messiah, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Uematsu’s Distant Worlds: The Music from Final Fantasy. His opera credits include Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème, Dancaïro in Bizet’s Carmen, and Wagner in Gounod’s Faust with the Baltimore Concert Opera and Don Inigo in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with the Baltimore Opera Company. Jason is proud to sing in the choir of the Washington National Cathedral where he has performed solos in the Duruflé Requiem and Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Jason performs regularly with a number of professional choral ensembles in the area including Cathedra, Chantry, District 8 and the Bridge Ensemble. He serves on the faculties of Towson University and Goucher College.