Tenor David de Winter was born in Surrey and received his formative musical training as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, before studying Music at Durham University and Voice at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a finalist in the 2019 Handel Singing Competition, winning the Selma D and Leon Fischbach Memorial Award. His musical repertoire spans over 900 years, from the 11th Century to the present day. Primarily known as an interpreter of baroque and renaissance music, David is also a committed performer of contemporary music. Recent highlights include Purcell Odes with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging & Robert King in Utrecht, De Doelen (Rotterdam) and Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ (Amsterdam) and broadcast live on NPO Radio, Arvo Pärt’s Passio in St John’s Smith Square (Aurora Orchestra/Tenebrae), Messiah (Bath Abbey), and B Minor Mass at the Chipping Campden Festival (Academy of Ancient Music).
On the stage, David has performed the title role in Thomas Arne’s Alfred (Doha Baroque Ensemble), Moore in Frederick Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley at the London Handel Festival (Ars Eloquentiae), Sailor in Dido & Aeneas (Nederlandse Bachvereniging), Goro Madam Butterfly at the Anghiari Festival in Italy (Bury Court Opera & Southbank Sinfonia), his Wigmore Hall début as Coridon in Acis and Galatea with the Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn, Carceriere in Donizetti’s Pia di Tolomei (English Touring Opera), Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, and Goro Madam Butterfly (all Regents Opera/Opera à la Carte), Mayor Albert Herring (Opera Holland Park/Shadwell Opera), Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role in Vaughan-Williams' Hugh the Drover, and his Glyndebourne and Brooklyn Academy of Music débuts in Britten's Billy Budd.
On the concert platform, David’s highlights include Messiah at Cadogan Hall (English Chamber Orchestra & Tenebrae), B Minor Mass at the Royal Festival Hall (London Mozart Players) and in Durham Cathedral, a European tour of Schumann's Manfred (Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Messiah and Bach Ascension Oratorio (Doha Baroque Ensemble), Johannes Passion (Evangelist) with Collegium Musicum of London, Mendelssohn’s St Paul (Durham Cathedral), Bach Magnificat, Matthäus Passion (arias) and Messiah (Westminster Cathedral), Monteverdi Vespers at the Rheingau Festival (The King's Consort), with English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble (Westminster Cathedral) and also Armonico Consort – UK tour, Handel Belshazzar and Haydn Creation (Southern Pro Musica & Barnes Music Festival), Johannes Passion (arias) with the Nottingham Bach Choir, and the world premiere of Michael Finnissy’s Tom Fool’s Wooing at Milton Court Concert Hall with EXAUDI (recorded live on the Winter & Winter label).
In contemporary music, David created the role of Mikhail in Russell Hepplewhite's award-winning opera Laika the Spacedog (English Touring Opera). He played Gérard in the European premiere of Philip Glass’ dance opera Les enfants terribles (Grimeborn Opera Festival), performed in the UK premiere of Pascal Dusapin's Passion (Music Theatre Wales/London Sinfonietta/EXAUDI), and gave the first performance of Peter Maxwell Davies' opera Kommilitonen (Royal Academy of Music). As a core member of the vocal ensemble EXAUDI, David has premiered works by Linda Caitlin-Smith (Principal Sound Festival/St John’s Smith Square), Amber Priestley (BBC Open Ear), James Weeks (Aldeburgh Festival), Geoff Hannan (EXPOSURE, Milton Court Concert Hall), Jürg Frey (Sampler Series/L'auditori, Barcelona), and Sivan Eldar (Royaumont Festival). With the group he has recorded Cantates by Gerard Pesson with L'instant Donné and works by Christopher Fox, Uri Caine and Fabio Nieder, and has appeared in a variety of venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, and the Centre Georges Pompidou.
In recital, David has performed Britten folksongs, Canticle V and Alec Roth’s Romantic Residues at the Henry Wood Hall, and Britten’s A Birthday Hansel at the Salvi Harp Studio, both with the harpist Anne Denholm, Vierne’s Les Angélus in Westminster Cathedral, a programme of Purcell, Monteverdi and Schubert at the 180° festival in Sofia; and at the London English Song Festival at St George’s Hannover Square.
Future highlights include Matthäus Passion (arias) with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Jos van Veldhoven, Coridon in Acis & Galatea at the Teatro Garibaldi in Sicily with The Early Opera Company, Lawyer in Birtwistle’s Punch & Judy for Shadwell Opera, Johannes Passion with Ars Eloquentiae, a collaboration with EXAUDI and Opera Erratica at the Operadagen Festival/Malta Festival, a recital of Wolf Spanisches Liederbuch in Westminster Cathedral, and concerts in London of Mozart Requiem and Handel Samson.