Baritone DAVID KRAVITZ has been widely praised for his singing, his acting, and his careful attention to text, on both the operatic and the concert stages. Opera News declared him the "unequivocal show stealer" as Leporello in Opera Aperta's Don Giovanni, adding that he "sang with resonance and fluency" and "acted with an ease and expressiveness that far outshone the rest." Other critics have hailed his "lush baritone" and "drop-dead musicianship," his "formidable vocal talents" and his "evenly produced velvet sound which he can shade with the utmost subtlety." His acting ability has been praised in a wide range of roles - from his "comic timing" as Leporello to his "suavely evil" portrayal of "the Devil incarnate" Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress. Critics also have lauded his "exemplary" and "eloquent" diction, "letting us hear every syllable." His concert performances have been noted for "expressivity and vocal opulence," "natural, intelligent, and resonant singing," and "easy, fluent coloratura." Mr. Kravitz has been named an "outstanding singer of the season" by the Boston Globe.
Mr. Kravitz's opera roles include Leporello and the title role in Don Giovanni, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Lake George Opera Festival, Granite State Opera, and others, and he will make his debut with Opera Boston in 2005 as Thomas Putnam in The Crucible. His concert appearances include his Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah and his "sensational" Symphony Hall debut in Handel's Apollo e Dafne (stepping in on one day's notice for Sanford Sylvan), as well as major works by Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré, Berlioz, Prokofiev, and Britten, with organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the Orchestra of St. Luke's under Roger Norrington, Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman, the Handel & Haydn Society under Grant Llewellyn, the Cantata Singers under David Hoose, and Emmanuel Music's renowned Bach Cantata Series under Craig Smith.
Mr. Kravitz's commitment to new music has led to his presentation of world or regional premieres of numerous contemporary works, including Edward Cohen's opera The Bridal Night and Andy Vores' song cycle Goback Goback with Collage New Music (the latter was named one of the best classical performances of 2003 by the Boston Phoenix), John Harbison's Four Psalms with Cantata Singers (recently released on CD by New World), Tod Machover's Resurrection with Boston Lyric Opera, Thomas Whitman's opera The Black Swan with Orchestra 2001, and Andy Vores' Welsh Songs with pianist Kayo Iwama. This season he will perform George Rochberg's Sacred Songs of Reconciliation with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under Gil Rose. Mr. Kravitz is also active as a recording artist and, in addition to Harbison's Four Psalms, can be heard on Koch International Classics' recordings of Bach's Cantata BWV 20 and St. John Passion (1725 version) with Emmanuel Music, and on New World's recording of Peter Child's Estrella with Cantata Singers.
Mr. Kravitz's 2004-05 schedule includes Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Granite State Opera; Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Handel & Haydn Society; Uberto in La serva padrona with Boston Baroque; the Geographer in The Little Prince with Boston Lyric Opera; Hidulfus in Schumann's opera Genoveva with Emmanuel Music; and Handel's Messiah in Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale.