The critics loved David’s recent performances of Figaro calling him “extraordinary”, “terrific”, and “the best we’ve ever seen”. “Pershall’s singing was a reminder of a bygone era in which ‘big sing’ baritones like Robert Merrill and Nicolae Herlea included Figaro in their repertoires.” He “brought down the house”.
Pershall “transformed what can be an obnoxious character into a charming ‘bon vivant'”. His interpretation “neatly framed an amoral youth on the make”. His Lescaut was “energetic”, “crackling”, and “cockily delivered”. “Pershall offered a sinister foil to Fabiano’s hot blooded genuineness”.
Pershall is a “magnificent Marcello” who “shows great emotions in his voice”. His “outstanding” performance “practically stole the show – both vocally and dramatically”.
Pershall delivers a “bravado-driven” performance as Escamillo. His singing “throbbed with swagger and raw masculinity”. Pershall’s “confident, ringing performance of the famous Chanson du toréro, ‘Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre,’ was unforgettable”. He is “an Escamillo worthy of the front pages of El mundo and El país.”
David Pershall “made a firm & appealing sound” “singing with confidence and gusto”, and “was always a welcome presence” whose “solid bass braced Chénier’s robustness with authority as his friend Roucher.”
David Pershall “dominates every scene he enters” with a voice that is “powerful and subtle at the same time”, his “movie-star charisma” and “matchless voice” “delighted the audience all evening.” He “brought down the house, especially in the final ovation”.
David Pershall “conquers the audience” with his “nobly timbered” voice and “swashbuckling” portrayal of Rodrigo in the new production of Don Carlo at Opera Burg Gars.
The American Baritone David Pershall gains global acclaim for his “excellent” and “truly comedic” rendition of Belcore which he performed with “impeccable technique” and “mellifluous tone” in his house debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) and Minnesota Opera.
David has been named as one of Voix des Arts: Best Artists of 2014 along with Sarah Connolly, Ann Hallenberg, Heidi Melton, Michael Fabiano, and Steven LaBrie.
“Those who lament the current state of Verdi baritone singing are certain to not yet have heard American baritone David Pershall…”
Praised as “passionate and resonant” in The New York Times and as “the surprise star of the opera” in Super Conductor for his premiere as Nottingham in “Roberto Devereux” at Carnegie Hall with Opera Orchestra New York.