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.
As operatic roles, David performed the title role in Thomas Arne's Alfred (with Doha Baroque Ensemble), Moor in Fredericks Lampe's the Dragon of Wantley at the London Handel Festival, Goro in Madam Butterfly at the Anghiari Festival in Italy ( Buru Court Opera & Southbank Sinfonia), his Wigmore debut as Coridon in Acis and Galatea, with the Early Opera Company/Christina Curnyn, Carciere in Donizetti's Pia di Tolomeo (English Touring Opera), Monostatos in die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Goro in Madam Butterfly (all Regents Opera), Mayor Albert Herring ( Opera Holland Park), Flute a Midsummer Night's dream, the title role in Vaughan Williams' Hugh the Drover, and on Glyndebourne and Brooklyn Academy of Music Britten's Billy Bud.
David de Winter sang Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra & Tenebrae) Hohe Messe in the Royal Festival Hall with the London Mozart Players, in the European tour of Schumann's Manfred with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, various Passions with Collegium Musicum or London (Evangelist in the St John Passion), the arias in St Matthew, in Messiah's, in Monterverdi Mariavespers in Rheingau Festival with the King's Consort, concerts with the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, with the Armonico Consort a UK tour, Handel's Belshazzar, Haydn the Creation, Nottingham Bach Choir, and in the world premiere of Michael Finnissy's Tom Fool's Wooning (recorded live on 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.
He has also given several recitals with Britten's Folksongs, Canticle V and Alec Roth's Romantic Residues in the Henry Wood hall, and Britten's A Birthday Hansel, with, for example, the harpist Anne Denholm, recitals at Westminster Cathedral with programs featuring works by Purcell, Monteverdi and Schubert and in, for example, the London English Song Festival in St. George's Hanover Square.
Recent engagements have included the Netherlands Bach Society conducted by Robert King in Dido & Aeneas (live on the radio), Arvo Pärts Passio in St. John's Smith Square (Aurora Orchestra/Tenebrae), Messiah (Bath Abbey), Hohe Messe with the Academy of Ancient Music Matthäus Passion with Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Coridon in Acis & Galatea in Teatro Garibaldi in Sicily, Lawyer in Birtswistle's Punch & Judy for Shadwell Opera, various passions such as with Ars Eloquentiea, Opera Erratica in the Rotterdam Opera Days, recitals in Westminster Cathedral, concerts with Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Samson.