Widely praised for his skills both as a singer and as a nuanced and subtle actor, David Salsbery Fry seized the spotlight when he stepped in as Mosè in Mosè in Egitto for a four-performance run with New York City Opera in 2013 on very short notice. In his review for The Associated Press, Ronald Blum said, “With noble stature and flowing bass-baritone, Fry’s Moses had a world weary and endearing quality ...”
Possessed of an imposing three octave range which gives him command of both the bass and bass-baritone repertoire, Mr. Fry plunged down to contra G (49 Hz) for his performances of Ogro in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas. Other notable engagements from the past few seasons include Ramfis in Aida in Annapolis, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Vero Beach Opera, Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi and Wuorinen’s Never Again the Same at Tanglewood, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Tel Aviv, his Mostly Mozart debut in Stravinsky’s Renard, his debut as Olin Blitch in Susannah with Opera at Rutgers, and T.J. Rigg in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry in New Jersey.
Mr. Fry is a perennial favorite of the Aspen Music Festival; roles performed there include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Hobson in Peter Grimes, Kammersänger in Intermezzo, Badger & Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby. He is also a tireless advocate for new music; he has performed in four workshops for The Metropolitan Opera, made numerous appearances in New York City Opera’s VOX Festival and given the world premiere performances of several solo and chamber works, including the song cycle ten songs of yesno by Osnat Netzer.
Mr. Fry received a Graduate Diploma in voice from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music in opera from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in music from the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Fry was recently named first place winner of the Bidu Sayão International Vocal Competition, also taking home the prize for best opera aria performance. Originally from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, he currently divides his time between New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.