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© 2019 by David Diston ~ Baritone

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Welcome

This page is specifically designed for agents, producers, and other industry professionals. Here you will find a full collection of my audition and promotional materials. I welcome all professional inquiries at ddiston.baritone@gmail.com. Thank you for visiting!

Willkommen

Diese Seite richtet sich speziell an Agenten, Produzenten und andere Branchenfachleute. Hier finden Sie eine vollständige Sammlung meiner Probespiel- und Werbematerialien. Ich begrüße alle professionellen Anfragen an ddiston.baritone@gmail.com. Danke für Ihren Besuch!

 

Recordings / Aufnahmen

Come un'ape ne' giorni d'aprile (La Cenerentola)

 

Promotional Photos / Werbefotos

 

Resume / Lebenslauf

ROLES

ROLLEN

Ein Musiklehrer

Schaunard

Sherkan the Barber

Schaunard

Papageno

Miller

Ping

Tarquinius+

Stephen Marshall

Dr. Mann

George Stoner~

Papageno+

Papageno

Frank/ Fritz+ 

L'horloge & Le chat

Frederic

Pish-Tush

Moralès

Escamillo+

David, Osiris &Scorpions

Count Almaviva+

Le Chevalier des Grieux

William Dale

Guglielmo

Mr. Gedge

Count Almaviva

Dr. Malatesta

Don Giovanni

Dr. Dulcamara

Don Alfonso

Falke

Leporello

Count Almaviva

OPERA

OPER

Ariadne auf Naxos

La Bohème

The Troublemaker

La Bohème

The Magic Flute

Luisa Miller

Turandot

The Rape of Lucretia

No One’s Safe

SHOT!

Rattenbury

Die Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte

Die tote Stadt

L'Enfant et les sortilèges

Lakmé

The Mikado

Carmen

Carmen

The Scorpion’s Sting

Le nozze di Figaro

Le Portrait de Manon

Silent Night

Così fan tutte

Albert Herring

Le nozze di Figaro

Don Pasquale

Don Giovanni

L'Elisir d'amore

Così fan tutte

Die Fledermaus

Don Giovanni

Le nozze di Figaro

CONDUCTORS/DIRECTORS

REGISSEUREN/DIRIGENTEN

Philip Morehead/ Richard Margison

Denis Mastromonaco/ David Ambrose

Louise-Andrèe Baril/ Richard Margison

Philip Morehead/ Valerie Kuinka

Jennifer Tung/ Erik Thor

Carmen Santoro/ Concert

Joseph Mechavich/ Brian Deedrick

Topher Mokrzewski/ Paul Curran

Milos Repicky/ Joel Ivany

Michael Ching/ David Grabarkewitz

Arthur Arnold/ Concert

Bob Tweten/ Robert Herriot

Evan Mounce/ Aaron Coates

Bramwell Tovey/ Kelly Robinson

Topher Mokrzewski/ Robert Herriot

Gordon Gerrard/ Tom Diamond

Topher Mokrzewski/ Glynis Leyshon

Timothy Vernon/ Alain Gauthier

Timothy Vernon/ Alain Gauthier

Evan Mounce/ Aaron Coates

Bob Tweten/ Brent Krysa

Topher Mokrzewski/ Robert Herriot

Joseph Mechavich/ David Gately

Luke Housner/ Concert

Leslie Dala/ Joel Ivany

William Shookhoff/ Concert

Sandra Horst/ Michael Albano

Michelle Mourre/ Robert Herriot

Sandra Horst/ Michael Albano

Simone Luti/ Tim Nelson

Geoffrey Moull/ Theodore Baerg

Oliver Gooch/ Tim Nelson

Geoffrey Moull/ Theodore Baerg

COMPANY

ENSEMBLE

Highlands Opera Studio

Mississauga Symphony

Highlands Opera Studio

Highlands Opera Studio

Toronto City Opera

LAMP Festival

Calgary Opera

The Banff Centre/ATG

The Banff Centre/ATG

Nickel City Opera

PRISMA

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera 

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera

TSOW

UofT Opera

Opera by Request

UofT Opera

Opera NUOVA

UofT Opera

AEDO

UWOpera

AEDO

UWOpera

YEAR

JAHR

2019

2019

2018

2018

2018

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2013

2013

2012

2012

2012

2011

2011

 

CONCERT/WORK

KONZERT/WERK

St. John Passion (Bach) ~ Jesus

David Diston in Recital

Highlands Opera Studio Concert Series

A Night of Operetta

2018-19 Preview Concert Guest Soloist

Highlands Opera Studio Concert Series

The Magic Flute Preview ~ Papageno

Lyndon Woodside Competition ~ Competition Semi-Finalist

Clifford Poole Vocal Competition ~ Competition Runner-Up

Mozart Coronation Mass & Mozart Arias

George London Competition ~ Competition Semi-Finalist

Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition ~ Competition Winner

Singing Stars: The Next Generation ~ Competition Finalist

Legendary River Cruises Opera Cruise

Oratorio and German Art Song Selections

Fauré Requiem, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass

Orchestra Moves Concert Series

Symphony 3 (Nielsen)

Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois)

COMPANY

ENSEMBLE

London Symphonia, Schuessler Singers

Arts Niagara & Opera Niagara

Highlands Opera Studio

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra

Toronto City Opera

Highlands Opera Studio

Toronto City Opera

Oratorio Society of New York

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra

Toronto Mozart Players

George London Foundation

Mozart Project of Toronto

International Resource Centre Professional Artists

Legendry Cruises & Calgary Opera

Regensburger Domspatzen

Festival Singers

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Choralis Camerata

YEAR

JAHR

2020

2019

2019

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

2015

2014

2014

Concert / Konzert

 

Biography

Biografie

Canadian baritone David Diston’s rapidly developing artistry is quickly gaining him recognition as a "sonorous baritone" (Huffington Post) with "full-throated and characterful singing" (Calgary Herald). A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Mr. Diston is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Studio, in Calgary Alberta. He holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western University. Having performed throughout North America, some of Mr. Diston’s notable roles include Ping (Turandot), Frederic (Lakmé), Pish-Tush (The Mikado), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), and Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale). Mr. Diston’s recent performances of Schaunard (La Bohème) with both the Highlands Opera and the Mississauga Symphony have garnered him high praise: “David Diston was a vocally impressive Schaunard whose skilled acting - which could turn on a dime from tragic to hysterically funny - was central to the realistic garret scenes” (Opera Canada).

Mr. Diston’s reputation as an intelligent musician and skilled performer has provided him the pleasure of creating roles in new operatic works. These include Dr. Mann in the World Premier of Vehar’s SHOT! with Nickel City Opera of Buffalo New York, and Young Rattenbury with Pacific Opera Victoria in Stokes’ Rattenbury. Mr. Diston has also premiered concert works including Kositsky’s new oratorio A Mighty Cry, and several pieces developed through the University of Toronto, most recently Lover’s Dusk by Matthias McIntire. David Diston has also been proud to present multiple Canadian Premieres, including the roles of William Dale in Putt’s Silent Night, The Man in Cage’s The City Wears A Slouch Hat, and the cover for both Fritz and Frank in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. As a talented and reliable young baritone, Mr. Diston has been engaged as a professional cover in North American houses for roles including Frederic (Lakmé), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), and Escamillo (Carmen).

​While pursuing operatic studies, David Diston’s educational performances include Mr. Gedge (Albert Herring), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Dr. Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’amore), Marcello (La Bohème), Don Giovanni and Leporello (Don Giovanni), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Guglielmo and Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), among others.

​On the concert stage, Mr. Diston recently made his Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut as the baritone soloist in C. Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, and his debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their Orchestra Moves concert series. Mr. Diston is excited to make his debut with the London Symphonia in 2020 as Jesus in Bach’s Johannes-Passion. Further concert works in Mr. Diston’s repertoire include The Messiah (Handel), Liebeslieder & Neue Liebeslieder Walzer and Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Fantasia on Christmas Carols and the Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), Les sept parole du Christ (Dubois), Requiem (Fauré), Lord Nelson Mass (Hayden), Requiem (Mozart), and several Bach Kantaten.

Mr. Diston’s high praise in performance has resulted in frequent competition recognition and awards. Mr. Diston was runner-up in the Clifford Poole Vocal Competition, co-winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition, and a proud recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant. David Diston has also received several monetary awards including the Clive Mortimer Memorial Prize, the Beverly and David Foy Young Artist Sponsorship, and several educational bursaries from the University of Toronto, Western University, in addition to summer opera studio grants.

As of October 2019 Mr. Diston lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Der kanadische Bariton David Diston hat sich aufgrund seiner rasanten künstlerischen Entwicklung schnell den Ruf als "sonorer Bariton" (Huffington Post) mit "vollem Klang und ausdrucksstarkem Gesang" verdient. David stammt aus Niagara Falls in Kanada. Er ist Absolvent des Calgary Opera Studio in Calgary, Alberta. Er hat einen Master of Music in Opera Performance von der University of Toronto und einen Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance von der Western University. Zu den wichtigsten Rollen von David in Nordamerika zählen unter anderem Ping (Turandot), Frederic (Lakmé), Pish-Tush (The Mikado), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) und Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale). Distons jüngste Auftritte von Schaunard (La Bohème) mit der Highlands Opera und der Mississauga Symphony haben ihm großes Lob eingebracht: „David Diston war ein stimmlich beeindruckender Schaunard, dessen geschickte Schauspielkunst - in einem Moment tragisch und im nächsten zum Schreien komisch - von zentraler Bedeutung war für die realistischen Mansardenszenen“ (Opera Canada).

Der Ruf von David Diston als intelligenter Musiker und begnadeter Interpret hat es ihm auch erlaubt, Rollen in neuen Opernproduktionen zu kreieren. Dazu gehört Dr. Mann in der Weltpremiere von Vehar’s SHOT! mit der Nickel City Opera in Buffalo New York und Young Rattenbury bei der Pacific Opera Victoria in Stokes‘ Rattenbury. Diston hat auch Werke uraufgeführt, darunter Kositskys neues Oratorium A Mighty Cry und mehrere Stücke, die von der University of Toronto entwickelt wurden, zuletzt Lover's Dusk von Matthias McIntire. David Diston hatte ebenfalls die Ehre, mehrere kanadische Premieren zu präsentieren, darunter die Rollen von William Dale in Putt’s Silent Night, The Man in Cage’s The City Wears A Slouch Hat und das Cover für Fritz und Frank in Korngolds Die tote Stadt. Als talentierter und verlässlicher junger Bariton war Diston als professioneller Cover in nordamerikanischen Häusern tätig, darunter Frederic (Lakmé), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) und Escamillo (Carmen).

Während des Opernstudiums spielte David Diston unter anderem Mr. Gedge (Albert Herring), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Dr. Dulcamara (L'Elisir d'amore), Marcello (La Bohème), Don Giovanni und Leporello (Don Giovanni), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Guglielmo und Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte) und Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro).

Auf der Konzertbühne gab David kürzlich sein Debüt beim Toronto Symphony Orchestra als Baritonsolist in C. Nielsen‘s Symphony No. 3 und sein Debüt beim Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra als Teil ihrer Orchestra Moves Konzertreihe. David freut sich bereits auf sein Debüt bei der London Symphonia im Jahr 2020 als Jesus in Bach‘s Johannes-Passion. Weitere Konzertwerke im Repertoire von Diston sind The Messiah (Händel), Liebeslieder & Neue Liebeslieder Walzer und Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Fantasia on Christmas Carols and the Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), Les sept parole du Christ (Dubois), Requiem (Fauré), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), Requiem (Mozart) und mehrere Bach-Kantaten.

Das große Lob für seine künstlerischen Leistungen schlägt sich auch in zahlreichen Preisen und Auszeichnungen nieder. So war David Diston Zweiter bei der Clifford Poole Vocal Competition, Mitgewinner der Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition und stolzer Empfänger einer Ausbildungsförderung des Canada Council for the Arts. David Diston erhielt außerdem mehrere Geldpreise, darunter den Clive Mortimer Memorial Prize, eine Beverly and David Foy Young Artist Sponsorship und mehrere Bildungsstipendien der University of Toronto, Western University, sowie Stipendien für das Sommeroper Studio.