Critically acclaimed baritone David Okerlund has performed opera, recitals, symphonic works and oratorio for the past 20 years in North America, Europe and Asia. He has received many honors for his singing, including winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional auditions, National Opera Association Competition runner-up, finalist Belvedere Competition and the San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Award.
Highlights of his operatic career include performances in leading roles at the San Francisco Opera, the National Theater of Tokyo, Vancouver Opera, L’ Opera National du Rhein (France), Teatro Carlo Felice (Italy), Opera de Lyon (France), Pittsburgh Opera, Connecticut Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, Opera Carolina, Tulsa Opera, Mississippi Opera and Opera Grand Rapids.
Mr Okerlund, has established himself in critically acclaimed performances as Stanley Kowalski in the world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire, Orestes in Elektra, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Germont in La Traviata, Jokanaan in Salome, Gunther in Göttedämmerung, the title role in Don Giovanni, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, Escamillo in Carmen, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Marcello in La Bohème, The Traveler in Death in Venice and the title role in Eugene Onegin. Mr Okerlund has worked with many renowned conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Julius Rudel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Patrick Summers, Carlo Rizzi, Yves Abel, Donald Runnicles, Nicholas McGegan and Andre Previn to name a few.
Highly regarded for his concert and oratorio appearances, Mr Okerlund’s repertoire includes: Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem and Britten’s War Requiem. He has been a soloist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San José Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Toledo Symphony, San Francisco Choral Society and the Masterworks Chorale.
Recent engagements have included: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Kobe, Japan; Personaje Mysterioso in the world premiere recording of Leonardo Balada’s La Muerte de Colon for the Naxos label [8.660193–94] and a debut recital in Carnegie Hall.
Before joining the College of Music faculty at Florida State University, Mr Okerlund was Assistant Professor of Voice at Bowling Green State University and Artist Lecturer of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.
Role: Classical Artist