David Salsbery Fry

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Widely praised for his skills both as a singer and as a nuanced and subtle actor, David Salsbery Fry seized the spotlight in 2013 when he stepped in as Mosè in Mosè in Egitto for a four-performance run with New York City Opera on very short notice. In his review for e Associated Press, Ronald Blum said, “With noble stature and owing bass-baritone, Fry’s Moses had a world weary and endearing quality…” 

Possessed of virtuosic technique and a wide vocal range which gives him command of both the bass and bass-baritone repertoires, Mr. Fry plunged down to contra G (49 Hz) for his performances of Ogro in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas. Other notable engagements from the past few seasons include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for St. Petersburg Opera, Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea and Hobson in Peter Grimes for Aspen Music Festival, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Vero Beach Opera, Tru aldin in Ariadne auf Naxos at Tanglewood, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande and Sarastro in Die Zauber öte in Tel Aviv, his Mostly Mozart debut in Stravinsky’s Renard, and Olin Blitch in Susannah with Opera at Rutgers. 

Mr. Fry is a tireless advocate for new music; last season alone he created roles in three world premiere opera productions: Scott Wheeler’s Naga, Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre, and Chaya Czernowin’s In nite Now, selected as “World Premiere of the Year” in the 2017 Opernwelt critics survey. Of David’s performance in In nite Now, Andreas Falentin wrote, “ e young bass David Salsbery Fry thrilled with his extremely sensual and almost impossibly deep tones.” He has performed in four workshops for e Metropolitan Opera, and premiered several solo and chamber works, including the song cycle ten songs of yesno by Osnat Netzer. 

Mr. Fry studied at Juilliard, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins and apprenticed with e Santa Fe Opera. He is the grand prize winner and reigning laureate of the Bidu Sayão International Vocal Competition. His recordings are available from Albany, Navona, Naxos and VIA Records. David is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and serves his union as a member of the Board of Governors and as Vice Chair of the New York Area Committee. 

More on Mr. Fry’s life and career can be found at davidsalsberyfry.com and in the October 2015 issue of Classical Singer Magazine


Go to David’s YouTube channel.


BassInfinite Now (Czernowin)Opera Vlaanderen2017
Mr. WoodJane Eyre (Karchin)Center for Contemporary Opera2016
Abbot & Master ChenNaga (Wheeler)Beth Morrison Projects2016
OsminDie Entführung aus dem SerailSt. Petersburg Opera2016
Frederick WilliamThe Sorrows of Frederick (Wheeler)Center for Contemporary Opera2015
Don Alonzo & L’Envoyé MaureLe CidOdyssey Opera2015
CalibanThe Tempest (Summer)The Shakespeare Concerts2015
First Officer (Cover)The Death of KlinghofferThe Metropolitan Opera2014
Peter (Cover)Two Boys (Muhly)The Metropolitan Opera2013
SenecaL’incoronazione di PoppeaAspen Music Festival2013
HobsonPeter GrimesAspen Music Festival2013
MosèMosè in EgittoNew York City Opera2013
Judge TurpinSweeney ToddAspen Music Festival2012
Don BasilioIl barbiere di SivigliaVero Beach Opera2012
Князь Гремин – Prince GreminЕвгений Онегин – Eugene OneginOpera Slavica2011
Баран – Bass IIБайка про Лису – RenardMostly Mozart Festival2011
Bernard the BullWhere the Wild Things AreNew York City Opera2011
OgroEl gato con botasGotham Chamber Opera2010
TruffaldinAriadne auf NaxosTanglewood Music Center2010
CalibanThe Enchanted Island (Sams)Met/LCT New Works Program2010
Olin BlitchSusannahOpera at Rutgers2010
ArkelPelléas et MélisandeIVAI Israel2009
Il CommendatoreDon GiovanniNashville Opera2008
SarastroDie ZauberflöteIVAI Israel2008
John BarilMichael CountsScott BarnesKayo Iwama
Harry BicketMoisés KaufmanSteven BlierKathryn LaBouff
Andreas DelfsMark LamosCorradina CaporelloKenneth Merrill
Christoph von DohnányiStephen LawlessNico CastelDiane Richardson
John FioreLeon MajorJoan DornemannCraig Rutenberg
George ManahanMark MorrisHåkan HagegårdIrene Spiegelman
Robert SpanoBartlett SherMiah ImGary Thor Wedow

Selected List of Awards and Honors

  • Audience Favorite Award, The MetroWest Opera Young Artist Competition – 2011
  • First Place (Primeiro Lugar Masculino), Concurso Internacional de Canto Bidu Sayão – 2011
  • The Ruth Rees Award, Connecticut Opera Guild Young Artist Competition – 2011
  • Finalist, Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Opera – 2011
  • Encouragement Award, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition – 2009
  • Finalist, General Opera Division, Liederkranz Foundation Competition – 2009
  • Semifinalist, Concours Musical International de Montréal – 2007
  • Finalist, Middle Atlantic Region, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – 2005

Education and Advanced Training
Tanglewood Music Center – Vocal Fellow – 2010 & 2011
The Santa Fe Opera – Apprentice Program for Singers – 2006 & 2007
The Juilliard School – Graduate Diploma in Voice – 2006
University of Maryland at College Park – Master of Music in Opera Performance – 2002
The Johns Hopkins University – Bachelor of Arts in Music – 2000