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BIOGRAPHY

Cheyne Davidson

American baritone Cheyne Davidson was born in Lexington, Kentucky. After completing his studies at Case Western University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, he sang Escamillo in Peter Brook’s production of La Tragédie de Carmen on tour in Europe, Japan and Israel. He spent a year as a member of Zurich Opera’s International Opera Studio and joined the company’s main ensemble in 1992. Among the many roles he has sung for the company are the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Marcello and Schaunard (La bohème), Escamillo (Carmen), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Silvio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra), the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Amfortas (Parsifal), Donner and Gunther (Der Ring des Nibelungen), the Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Sebastiano (Tiefland), Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Sonora (La fanciulla del West), Vershinin (Eötvös’s Three Sisters) and Eisenhardt (Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten).
Guest engagements have taken Cheyne Davidson to the opera houses in Stuttgart, Cologne, Hamburg, Basel and Lucerne, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, the Hamburg Opera Festival, Belgrade, Budapest, the Bregenz Festival and to Classic Open Air Solothurn. As a concert artist he has appeared in the Zurich Tonhalle, the KKL in Lucerne and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, performing music by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Verdi, Weill, Suter, Orff and McCartney. He made his Salzburg Festival debut at Whitsun 2016 as Doc in West Side Story.

Current as of August 2016

Cheyne Davidson, © Werner Schnüriger

Cheyne Davidson, © Werner Schnüriger

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