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B i o g r a p h y

Well-weathered tenor, David Pisaro has sung for many a high and low occasion – whether for royalty or as a vagabond.  In January 2004, David embarked on a coast-to-coast walking tour of Schubert’s ‘Die Winterreise’ performing at ten venues in thirteen days. The documentary, directed by Tom Pollock has been premiered by WNED TV. David starred in the premier of ‘Microsoft the Opera’ creating the role of Bill Gates at the opening of the Battersea Art Centre Opera Festival and Lord Byron in the premiere of ‘Byron’ with Spitalfields Opera. Solo engagements in Spain have included Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the Orquesta de Cámara Andaluza conducted by David Temple in Seville and with the Orquesta Ciudad de Almeria in Almeria.  With the Orquesta de Cámara Andaluza he toured Britten’s ‘Les Illuminations’ throughout Andalucia and performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for the CajaSol Concert Series with the OCA in Seville as well as Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’ in Seville for the Los Lunes Festival.

Over the years, David has created a variety of new roles for the Swaledale and Ryedale Festival Operas, the Durham Mysteries, and for (Opera North DARE Fellow) Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new Opera ‘Amy’s Last Dive’ as a part of the Cultural Olympiad festivities for Yorkshire in Bridlington and Leeds. He was the wannabe Internet-multi-millionaire in the multi-media extravaganza that was Random Access Memory the Opera. He created two roles in new operas by Patrick Dineen as the Soldier in the animated opera ‘Poets of Loss’ for Collective Encounters in Liverpool and the Last Polar Bear in The Polar Bear Waltz for Liverpool’s Light Night Festival. 


He is an experienced oratorio soloist of repertoire ancient to modern and has a range to include a few baritone parts when needed having performed Brahms’ Requiem with PraeClassica in Newcastle as well as having been a two-for-one-deal Baritone and Tenor Soloist for Carmina Burana at the Sage Gateshead.


He is also a versatile choir director and workshop leader working with choirs across the North of England, from primary school children, hormonally challenged teenagers, or nervous OAPs his lively and innovative teaching style brings confidence and a great sense of fun to all regardless of ability or background.  He has also sung in choirs on both sides of the Atlantic be they professional ensembles like the Gregg Smith Singers or the Cathedral Choirs of Buffalo, Truro, and Ripon.  From 2006 to 2021, he was a workshop leader and performer for Streetwise Opera for which he played Peter Grimes, under the charming direction of Duncan Ward in their touring film production ‘The Answer To Everything’.

As well as maintaining solo engagements at home and abroad, David is currently Director of the Middlesbrough Town Hall Community Choir, and North East Operaa new charity which formed as a result of the pandemic when Streetwise Opera had to leave the region and whose tagline now is: Charging from the Margins.

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