B.A., Harvard University, 1970
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 1977
MUSI 448/895: Opera Workshop
MUSI 713: Art Song
MUSI 545/745/ 845: Voice
Fields of Research/Artistry
American Bass-Baritone David Ripley is heard widely in oratorio, recital, chamber opera, and early and contemporary music programs. Upcoming highlights include a performance this June at Tanglewood in Ozawa Hall in honor of the fortieth anniversary of Aston Magna. With Boston Musical Theatre, in addition to Boston and New York, he has given performances of the American Songbook in Paris, Brussels, Moscow, and St. Petersburg through the U.S. Embassy and for the Ambassadors of NATO. Their three recordings include All That Jazz, Live from Rachmaninoff Hall, We’ll Meet Again: The Music of World War II, and Fly Me to the Moon: Songs of American Vocal Legends. Ripley has been a frequent guest on the national tour of The Christmas Story and, with the Consort, has appeared over twenty times at Lincoln Center. As soloist with Waverly and the Boston Camerata he has toured in Europe, South America, and the United States many times. His many lieder recitals include Schubert’s Die Winterreise and Die Schöne Müllerin. For twenty years he was soloist for the New England Bach Festival, appearing at the Metropolitan Museum of New York and Carnegie Hall in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. He continues his long association with the Aston Magna Festival. Along with members of the Metropolitan Opera he sang the premier of Louis Spratlin’s opera, Life is a Dream, winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Music. At the Metropolitan Opera House and the Kennedy Center he was guest soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, singing the songs of Stephen Foster in Americans We, choreographed by Twyla Tharp. In Boston, Ripley recently starred in Peter Childs' one act opera Embers, based on the play by Samuel Beckett. Richard Dyer, of the Boston Globe wrote of the performance: "Baritone David Ripley…gave an impressive demonstration of vocal skill, musicianship, stamina, memory, and imagination." He has two solo recordings with pianist Arlene Kies; A New Season features works of Ives, Fauré, Schubert, and Brahms and Ne Point Passer, the mélodies of Gabriel Fauré and Henri Duparc. Each has received fine critical praise.
Ripley has championed much new music including the premier of Peter Child’s Embers (1985), Michael Carnes’ War Songs I, II (1987, 1994) and Malcolm Peyton’s Sonnets of John Donne (Centaur Records 1991). He has had leading roles in the operatic premiers of The Yellow Wallpaper and “S” of Ron Perera (1989, 1996), The Village Store Verbatim of Larry Siegel (1991), Elmer Gantry of Bob Aldridge (1993), and as Der Tod in the Boston-New York premier of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Ripley has appeared with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony. In New Hampshire, Ripley is known for his work with groups such as the Concord Choral, the Seacoast Singers, and the Hanover Handel Society. He gave a highly successful series of lectures on the history of western music entitled The World’s Chime, at the Nashua Public Library through the New Hampshire Council for Humanities. A long and active interest in songs for voice and guitar has resulted in two recordings of his own compositions, Turning Up Stones and Mustard Seed, Songs of Faith. An honors graduate of both Harvard College and the New England Conservatory of Music, he spent two summers of study at Tanglewood. Currently, he is professor of music at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches voice and directs the opera program.