Praised for his “liquid vocal gold” (Carduus), baritone David Thomas Mather is a versatile
and adaptive vocalist who embraces a wide body of repertoire from the early Baroque to German Lieder to musical theatre, and seeks to draw inspiration from both classical and contemporary style in his performance.
A professional chorister in Boston, David sings primarily as a member of Carduus, an intimate new vocal ensemble that regularly performs at Jordan Hall as an affiliated ensemble through the New England Conservatory. He also sings regularly as a section leader at Trinity Church in Copley Square. He has given concerts for audiences in North America and Europe, performing at venues including the Notre Dame Cathedral and La Madeleine. Most recently he debuted with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, performing as First Witch in John Eccles' Macbeth. Other credits include Dido and Aeneas: An Opera For Distanced Lovers and the Play of Daniel project tour with the Boston Camerata, and appearances with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lowell House Opera, the Utah Symphony Chorus, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Chorus.
As a soloist, David has been featured in masterclasses with early music specialists Joel Frederiksen, Anne Azéma, and Ryan Turner, as well as Broadway icons Laura Bell Bundy, Alice Ripley, Laura Osnes,
and Marla Mindelle. He has been pleased to work collaboratively with prolific opera composers like Christopher Theofanidis, Mark Adamo, and Bright Sheng, as well as premiere pieces by Jennifer Higdon, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Jonathan David. His opera credits include the titular role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (COVID cancelled), Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Le Roi/Le Surintendent in Massenet's Cendrillon, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, and Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women. Other staged productions include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein,
Company, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT!, The Addams Family Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Beauty and the Beast.
In 2020, David established a partnership with pianist Bahar Soyoz to form A Priori (www.aprioriduo.com), a chamber duo that creates programs designed to start conversations and bring other artists together, using their art as a means of discourse. Deeply rooted in this collaboration and artistic process, the ensemble is constantly growing its network of visual artists and curators, dancers, mixed media artists, and more in the hopes of creating beautiful multi-disciplined art that moves audiences to engage more with art and its constant relevance in the social and emotional climate of our communities.
David holds a BM in Vocal Performance with a Minor in Theatre from DePauw University, a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance, Voice and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He currently studies with Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan.