David Mayfield, Chorus Master, Pianist


Event: L'Elisir d'Amore

David Mayfield returns to the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice for L’Elisir d’Amore, having  served as chorus master for Otello and La Bohème and music director for The Medium (Menotti) and La Cambiale di Matrimonio.

In New York since 1997, he started work at the Actor’s Studio of the New School, where he played for masterclasses with Liza Minelli; he is a recital coach at Manhattan School of Music, and at New Jersey City University has taught undergraduate and graduate diction, graduate vocal literature, and conducted The Magic Flute, The Medium/The Telephone, Trouble in Tahiti, Dido and Aeneas, and an evening of Baroque opera scenes, in addition to curating surveys of French and American vocal music. His students have appeared with San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houson Grand Opera, Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, and been winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

He has worked with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Utah Festival Opera, The Dallas Opera, Wildwood Festival, Opera Illinois, New Orleans Opera, Opera El Paso, State Repertory Opera, Virginia Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and toured with New York City Opera, among others; his repertoire ranges from Aïda and Tosca to Hin und Zurück (Hindemith) and The Face on the Barroom Floor.  He has been conductor or assistant  for Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, Giulio Cesare, Dido and Aeneas, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Patience, The Student Prince, Fiddler on the Roof, and others.  In addition he has played harpsichord continuo for Don Giovanni, Dido & Aeneas, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

He is a graduate of Beloit College (Performing Arts; Musical Directing for the Theater) and Universtiy of North Texas (M.M.); he also attended Northwestern University and won a scholarship to the Blossom Festival at Kent State University; he has been a guest artist for residencies at University of Minnesota-Duluth numerous years, giving recitals, masterclasses, opera workshop coaching, and classes in ornamentation, and been a guest clinician at Song Festival at Grace University and University of Nebraska in Omaha and Waldorf College in Iowa. 

His mentors include Nicola Rescigno, founder of the current Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Dallas Opera; Roberto Benaglio, chorus master of La Scala, Milan, who knew Puccini and Toscanini, and who taught the baritone Piero Cappuccilli; Fiora Contino, who studied with Nadia Boulanger, often played piano 4-hands with Francis Poulenc and also knew Toscanini well; and Virginia Botkin, who studied with the man who enabled Kirsten Flagstad to sing Wagnerian repertoire. 

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