David Diston’s rapidly developing artistry is quickly gaining him recognition as a ‘sonorous baritone’ (Huffpost Alberta) with ‘vocally impressive’ (Opera Canada) ‘full-throated and characterful singing’ (Calgary Herald). Mr. Diston’s professional credits include Ping (Turandot), Frederic (Lakmé), Pish-Tush (The Mikado), Moralès (Carmen), des Grieux (Le portrait de Manon), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Schaunard (La Bohème), L’horloge and Le chat (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Dr. Mann in the World Premier of Vehar’s SHOT, and William Dale in the Canadian Premiere of Putt’s Silent Night. A graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist program Mr. Diston has performed King Osiris in Isis and the Seven Scorpions, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Calgary Opera in Schools.
On the concert stage, Mr. Diston has made his Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut as the baritone soloist in C. Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, and his debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their Orchestra Moves concert series. Further concert credits include The Messiah (Handel), Liebeslieder & Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes (Brahms), The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (Jenkins), Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Vaughan Williams), Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois), Requiem(Fauré), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), Requiem (Mozart), and many others. Recently Mr. Diston performed as the Baritone soloist on board Avalon Cruise Lines Opera Cruise to the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. A native of Southwestern Ontario, David is currently living and performing in Berlin, Germany.