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Papageno in “The Magic Flute” at Virginia Opera
November 26th, 2013

“Baritone David Pershall’s bird man, Pagageno, stole every comic scene he was in, aided considerably by the company’s spruced-up English language libretto which, in the spoken scenes, allowed him to ham it up like a night club comedian, an opportunity he never failed to exploit. An added plus: his fine, strong baritone and amusingly effective phrasing demonstrated his considerable vocal skill set as well.”
–The Washington Times

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Manfredo in “L’amore dei tre re”
August 12th, 2013
Voix des Arts
“American baritone David Pershall discloses a vibrant, ringing voice in his performance of Manfredo.”

“Montemezzi gave Manfredo impassioned, pained music that demands both nobility and raw emotion. The rôle receives from Mr. Pershall a performance of tremendous strength.”
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Roucher in “Andrea Chenier” at Avery Fisher Hall
March 13th, 2013

MundoClasico.com
“David Pershall’s performance of Roucher deserves a special comment, he’s a singer that honestly sings, with elegant phrasing and a promising future.”
– Horacio Tomalino

Opera News
“David Pershall turned in fine vocalism as Roucher.”

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Zurga in “Les Pêcheurs de perles” at Virginia Opera
October 2nd, 2012

David Pershall “commanded attention as Zurga”, he “radiated vocal confidence and decisiveness”, he was a “persuasive actor”, and “his phrasing bristled with expressive nuance.”

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Schmidt’s “Notre Dame” at Carnegie Hall with ASO
June 4th, 2012

David Pershall offered “fine contributions” assuring “the vocal demands of the opera were well met”

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Schaunard in “La bohème” at Den Norske Opera & Ballet
January 6th, 2012

“le Schaunard du très élégant David Pershall”

“Schaunard performed by the very elegant David Pershall”

“With the new production of Puccini’s La Bohème in Oslo Stefan Herheim and his team reaches a new high in terms of innovative reading of a work everyone thought they knew. Herheim’s La Bohème is heartbreaking and grotesque; images of death are always present.”

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Don Giovanni in “Don Giovanni”
May 1st, 2011

“David Pershall was extremely convincing in the title role. He conveyed the Don as a slippery conniver—a cad who always has a trick up his sleeve—yet at the same time as a highly charismatic man’s man, capable of charming even the most hostile of foes and the most wary of damsels. He was suave and appealing in “Là ci darem la mano” and nobly defiant in his final confrontation with the Stone Guest.” –Opera News

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Don Pedro in “Maria Padilla”
April 13th, 2011

David performed and recorded Don Pedro in Maria Padilla at the Beethoven Easter Festival (Warsaw, Poland) where he “won the hearts of the audience”

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Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera
August 4th, 2008

David performed in the finale concert where he “created a glowing, gratifying sound”. His performance was “sung and performed to a T.”

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