David Montague Rendall
David studied at the Royal Academy of Music and in Salzburg. His career has taken him to the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls, where his roles included Idomeneo, Tito, Belmonte, Alfredo, Matteo, David, Lensky (Metropolitan New York and Santa Fe); Alfredo, Italian tenor, Duke of Mantua, Des Grieux, Matteo, Flamand, Rodolfo (Royal Opera House); Ottavio, Ernesto (MET and San Francisco), Ferrando, Ottavio, Tamino (Paris Mozart Festival), Belmonte, Tom Rakewell (Glyndebourne) and concert appearances with Karajan, Bernstein, Levine, Barenboim, Mehta, Ozawa and many other leading conductors.
After his formative years in the lighter lyric roles of Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Mozart etc., David moved into heavier repertory, including Gabriele Adorno (ENO, Glyndebourne, Frankfurt and Essen); Alvaro (ENO); Cavaradossi (ENO and Norway); Hoffmann (Bastille and Genoa); Werther (Leipzig); Oedipus Rex (Paris and Rome); Don Jose (Genoa and ENO); Luigi Il Tabarro (ENO); Manolios The Greek Passion (BBC Symphony Orchestra); his first Canio in Portland US; his first Lohengrins in Nancy and Strasbourg; Gustavus III Un ballo in maschera at the Bregenz Festival; Canio in Milwaukee and for Welsh National Opera; and title role Otello and Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele (ENO).
More recent engagements included Otello in Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Palermo, Santiago, La Scala Milan (Debut and Japan tour) , and also at the Dresden Festival; Manrico Il trovatore in Copenhagen and for WNO; Erik Der Fliegende Holländer for the Canadian Opera Company, ENO and in Bordeaux; Cavaradossi for Scottish Opera and in Valencia; Gustavus III for Hamburg and Copenhagen; Zivny in Janácek’s Osud in Amsterdam; Pinkerton for WNO, Canio I Pagliacci at the Royal Albert Hall; Tristan for ENO and in Tbilisi; Prince Golitsyn Khovanshchina for ENO, Radames Aida in Copenhagen, Oedipe in Cagliari and Il Re Sakuntala in Rome.
On the concert platform, David’s performances include Verdi’s Requiem, works by Mahler including the Eighth Symphony, Das Klagende Lied and Waldmärchen; Dvorak’s Requiem; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz.
Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde featured regularly in David’s schedule, and include performances for the Royal Ballet, Chicago Symphony with Erich Leinsdorf, New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta and with Edo de Waart at the Concertgebau in Amsterdam.
Photograph: Peter Adamik
Faculties / departments: Vocal Studies