Reviews

Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (Boston Academy of Music – David Daniels, cond.)
“David Murray sang and acted the Sheriff with intelligence and artistry, and though the part is a stretch for his lyric baritone, he always sang it within his voice rather than wishing for someone else’s.”
— The Boston Globe

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Seviglia (Salisbury Lyric Opera – Mark Churchill, cond)
“Baritone David Murray offered a glamorous and delightfully vain account of Figaro, the barber. He offered many ringing and convincing solos throughout the production and performed with great fluidity of execution.”
— The Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Rossini: La Cenerentola (Opera New England – Mark Kroll, cond.)
“The best of the singers was David Murray as Dandini; he’s also a resourceful actor whose impersonation of a spaced-out Prince Charming was very amusing.”
— The Boston Globe

Sullivan: Ivanhoe (Boston Academy of Music – David Daniels, cond.)
“Baritone David Murray was impressive in the punishingly written role of Bois-Guilbert; his high register was untiring, and he created a villain of character.”
— The Boston Globe

Fauré: Requiem (Chorus Pro Musica – Jeff Rink, cond.)
“Baritone David Murray summoned up the kind of vocal weight, style, and ease of emission that might have persuaded you that there were French inflections to his Latin words. Illusion or not, he sang truly and beautifully by any standard imaginable.”
— The Boston Globe

Bach: Cantata No. 82 (Kings Chapel Choir – Daniel Pinkham, cond.)
“Over the last three or four years Murray has become the city’s most spectacularly improved singer. He sang the Cantata [No. 82] with warm, steady tone, rhythmic alacrity, vocal flexibility, accurate enunciation and depth and complexity of feeling”.
— The Boston Globe

Mendelssohn: Elijah (Nashua Symphony Orchestra – Kent Wirth, cond.)
“Murray, whose voice seemed ideally suited for the role of Elijah, was the most outstanding of the soloists, giving us a prophet dramatic in peroration and touching in introspection. When he turned from recitative to an air such as “It is Enough,” his beautiful voice became nobly and compellingly tragic.”
– The Nashua Telegraph

Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Newton Symphony, Newton, MA – Jeffrey Rink, cond.)
“Baritone David Murray was a solid tower of strength as the conscience-stricken US Consul Sharpless; what a good singer and crafty actor he is.”
— The Boston Globe

Verdi: La Forza del Destino (Boston Academy of Music – David Daniels, cond.)
“To Don Carlos David Murray brought an attractive tonal quality, intelligence, considerable beauty of line, and the most meaningful diction on the stage.”
— The Boston Globe

Verdi: La Traviata (Opera!Lenawee, Adrain, MI – David Katz, cond.)
“David Murray’s wonderfully supple portrayal of Germont made one wish the second act would go on for ever. The Boston-based baritone has a seamless, beautifully tempered sound, the voice deeply anchored in the lowest register, allowing for an effortless radience up above. This is a voice well trained and well cared for, destined for a big career.”
– Blade, Toledo, OH