David Horton - Tenor

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Tenor David Horton hails from Devon and is a recent graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). During his time there, he studied under the tutelage of Scott Johnson and was a grateful recipient of a scholarship from the RCS Trust. Previous training includes a BMus Hons from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and a year spent in Sydney, Australia, studying under Dr Rowena Cowley.

David’s recent operatic roles include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide with Iford Arts Festival to great acclaim and Vanderdendur Candide for West Green House Opera, Henry Crawford in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park for Waterperry Opera, Moon/King of the East,The Enchanted Pig (Hampstead Garden Opera), multiple roles, including The Lover/The Friend/The Preacher The Vanishing Bridegroom (British Youth Opera), Eisenstein Die Fledermaus (RCS Opera), Tristan Le Vin Herbé (RCS Opera), Gaudienzo Il Signor Bruschino (Raucous Rossini) and a number of roles in English Eccentrics (British Youth Opera).

David has performed in a number of British and world premieres, most notably the UK Premiere of Kurt Schwertzik’s Shal-i-mar which was performed with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.  He also played Magician 1 in Henry McPherson’s opera Ūhte, recorded and filmed in conjunction with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Martyn Brabbins and premiered at the RCS Plug Festival 2016.

On the concert stage David has performed across Britain, most recently singing a selection of Bach Cantatas with Ludus Baroque in Edinburgh, as well as the title role in Benjamin Britten’s St Nicholas and the tenor solos in Mozart’s Requiem at the Hargrave Music Festival.  Whilst studying in Scotland, David also performed the tenor solos in Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society (GCCS) and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra.

In 2019, David sang and recorded the role of  John in C.V. Stanford’s The Travelling Companion for New Sussex Opera to great critical acclaim, with performances at Cadogan Hall, London and Saffron Hall.  As well as being an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera, the 2019/20 season saw his first tour with English Touring Opera as Gravedigger 1 in Weill’s The Silver Lake and, most recently, his debut as Don Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro on tour with Mid Wales Opera.


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