English National Opera debut for former Exeter Cathedral Chorister
10th June 2016
An opera singer from Devon who started his musical life as a Chorister in Exeter Cathedral Choir made his debut with English National Opera earlier this week.
David Webb, who sang with the Cathedral Choir in the 1990s, made his ENO debut in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde on 9th June in a new production conducted by Edward Gardner. In a recent interview with Toby Deller he speaks fondly of his time in Exeter Cathedral Choir, then under the direction of Lucian Nethsingtha.
David, who has recently been named a Harewood Young Artist, plays the part of a young sailor – most appropriate considering his upbringing in the naval city of Plymouth. Plans for 2017 include the role of Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, also for English National Opera. His journey to English National Opera took him via the Royal College of Music where he studied on the prestigious international opera course.
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