Sound Clips

David Walther
Dramatic Bass

Welcome to my website. You may e-mail me at hrwr@earthlink.net
I am also a composer davidedgarwalther.com You can hear more on that website or on Vimeo or SoundCloud under: David Walther; or on YouTube under David Edgar Walther. If you friend me on Facebook, you will get many posts on the weekend. I currently post on over 100 Facebook groups a week. At the bottom of this are selected reviews and comments about my work.

I am currently preparing an album of my music theater songs for recording. In 2010, I recorded the title role in my "Edward II" with eight singers and ten instruments. This full length operatic premiere CD was recorded at Futura Studio in Roslindale, MA and produced by The Acting Singers Project: actingsingersproject.com I am the artistic director, and much of my work is featured on this website as well.

In 2015 The Acting Singers Project received a grant from the town of Dedham to perform my operatic drama: “The Swallow and The Prince.” All proceeds went to The Dedham Food Pantry. This program was supported in part by a grant from the Town of Dedham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org

In 2012, Boston Metro Opera, under the direction of Christopher Aaron Smith, commissioned operatic drama “Hamlet.” They performed about a third of the work. I played the role of Claudius. In 2011, they performed my opera, Antigon; and in 2010 they performed several short operatic dramas based on the tales of Aesop. I played the role of The Lion, in “The Lion and The Mouse.” In 2009 I sang "Libera me" from Fauré "Requiem" with the orchestra of Old South Church, Boston. In 2008 I sang Mozart's "Requiem" with The Masterworks Chorale. In 2006 Brahms "Requiem" Braintree Choral Society & Nashoba Valley Chorale with orchestra.

Before that time, I produced several series for Boston Neighborhood Television. “Crazy Dinosaurs” featured clay animation and original music. “Out-Tv” featured original music theater, and “The Acting Singers Project” featured original and standard operatic selections. I wrote and performed many pieces with Putnam Court Musicians, culminating in a joint venture: “Pinocchio” with The Marblehead Ballet Company. The result was cablecast on Boston Neighborhood Network. The reworked version can be seen on Vimeo, YouTube and on my website under “Gaynocchio.”

In the past I have sung the dramatic bass operatic literature, especially Verdi and Wagner. I recently expanded the Wikipedia listing for the bass voice and repertoire. I have also performed oratorio, music theater, French songs, German lieder and African American Spirituals. I have given vocal workshops at Colby College, ME; and at The Hancock Church in Lexington, MA; taught at MJ's Music School in Waltham, MA and hold a private studio in Roslindale, MA I music directed three works as music director of Prime Time for Kids at Massasoit College: Grease, and my Scrooge and Peter Pan. I wrote the music for two of these productions. I was also the music director for “Music Now and Now Dance.”

Baccalaureate in Musical Composition: The Juilliard School of Music, honorary scholarship Sophomore year
Master’s Degree in Voice: Trenton State Teachers College, Teaching Assistant in ear training
Post-graduate work: Boston University, Teaching Fellow in ear training and keyboard harmony
New England Conservatory & Boston Conservatory (under John Moriarty), scholarship offered
New England Conservatory Extension Opera, scholarship
The Emile Renan Opera Workshop, scholarship

Voice Teachers and Coaches: Juilliard: Oren Brown,
Metropolitan Opera: Jeffrey Gall (counter-tenor); Jerome Hines, (bass); Valery Ryfkin (coach)
New England and Boston Conservatory: Michael Strauss (coach)

Solo Performances: Boston premiere of original orchestration of The Fauré "Requiem" at King’s Chapel under Daniel Pinkham; Handel's "Messiah" with Commonwealth Opera and with The New Philharmonic Orchestra under Ronald Knussen; Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" with the Marlborough Symphony; Haydn's "Mass in Time of War" with The Masterworks Chorale under Allen Lannom; The role of Nourabad in Bizet's "Les Pêcheurs de Perles" with Les Amis Opera and orchestra, The role of Herod in the New England premiere of "It's only a Miracle" by Barab; The role of King Marke, cablecast on Boston Neighborhood Network Television with The Acting Singers Project; The role of "Herod" in The Distler "Christmas Oratorio" under Thomas Dunn; Frequent soloist with The Acting Singers Project, Mass Theatrica, Music Now, and The Putnam Court Musicians.

Regular weekly bass soloist (partial list):
Trinity Church (evening service), Boston
Old South (low bass), Boston
St. Paul's Cathedral, Boston
Calvary Episcopalian, NYC
The Church of The Resurrection, NYC.

Reviews (in alphabetical order by last name): “...assured platform manner... acuteness to word values.” Richard Buell, Boston Globe.

"Wow, what a great bio! You are truly accomplished." Pat Cerundolo, of Foley and Hoag; lawyer for ASP.

“Please leave the window open so I can listen to your rehearsals... I find your voice soothing. You really should insure your hands! That one woman (Carol Millard, The Swallow) sounds just like a bird!” Arlene DeDominicis, next door neighbor..

"I enjoyed your web site - Good Work!!! Walther is one of my favorite modern composers. He gives new music a voice and conjures many moods - from deep sadness to comedic lightness. Listen to his beautiful music and be enveloped in resonance." (About Hamlet:) Yeah! It really was fun to hear the whole thing and discover that the individual sections I've been hearing hang together. You have a knack for giving the listener melodies and themes that, although atonal or whole-tonal, can be taken away after the music stops. Rock On! Drew Hubbard, president of The Acting Singers Project.

"- I checked out your website and think it is lovely. It is very warm and friendly and says "I am interested in everything" - very YOU!" Melissa Hubbard, soprano and computer analyst.

"This web site is fabulous, Dave. I'm so very impressed by each facet of it; your bio page reads as impressive and liltingly engaging and easy to read. Well done! And your two excerpts are gorgeous. WAY TO GO!!! yours, bj." Brett Johnson, baritone and voice teacher.

"Your website is most impressive! I wish you all the best," Thomas Jones, baritone.

"David, It was a great performance and we thoroughly enjoyed it." Brad Lewis, Business Systems Manager; MFA Theater Management, Yale Drama School; and Jo Lewis, Pharmaceutical Market Research Analyst.

"Website looks great! I need to get on the stick and do mine over. You have inspired me!" Beth MacLeod, mezzo-soprano and artistic director of Opera by the Bay.

"Hello, thank you for writing me and letting me know about your website. BORIS is a role I hope to perform one day, I see you've enjoyed that privilege already; sounds great!" Dominique Rosoff, bass.

"Dear David, Congratulations on your wonderful performance last Sunday! I loved your work...You all looked and sounded very comfortable and very happy, I must say. I just can't say enough good things. CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you for a lovely afternoon." Lynn Shane, founder of The Boston Singers Resource.

"The web site is very impressive. Congratulations. You are very talented and a wonderful friend and person." James Spellman, dancer, teacher and choreographer.

“Hi Dave, Your website is really turning out well. I liked your bio a lot. It was interesting, concise and well-organized. I know it must have taken you a lot of time and effort to get it there. I think the end result was well worth it! I thought your sound clips were great. They were beautifully sung and very sensitive. They were nicely contrasted, musically rich and not too long. I'm glad that you used some of your own music. That was a nice touch. I also liked the contrast of voices in the duet. Great job. I book-marked your website, so I could find it again. I saw your picture. It is great. You look very friendly and handsome. I like it a lot. I also like the performance pictures. I thought that the little comments you made were cute and humorous. Your personality really shines through. I think visitors to your site will really enjoy that. I'll bet that you are glad that the bulk of the work is done. It is very time consuming, but worth it. Just wanted to let you know. Take care.” Angeliki Theoharis, opera singer, voice teacher and artistic director of Mass Theatrica.

"I enjoyed your website and audio selection. You sounded great." Denise Thibeault, mezzo-soprano.

“Dear David, Wonderful work! Bravo on your accomplished life. " Dorothy Yanish, soprano and artistic director of The Raylynmor Opera.

"You sound like an angel... a very big angel... a cherubim." Anonymous

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