Chicago native David Govertsen recently stepped in on short notice at Lyric Opera of Chicago where he “handsomely replaced the ill Peter Rose as the producer La Roche” opposite Renée Fleming and Anne Sophie von Otter in Capriccio. A former member of the Ryan Center at Lyric, his other mainstage assignments have included roles in Die Zauberflöte, Boris Godunov, Werther, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Madama Butterfly. He returns to Lyric next season as the Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette.
This past season Mr. Govertsen performed roles in double bills at both Chicago Opera Theater (The Emperor of Atlantis/The Clever One) and Santa Fe Opera (The Impresario/Le Rossignol), as well as the Duke/Roméo et Juliette with Tulsa Opera, Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor with Main Street Opera and Collatinus/The Rape of Lucretia with Chicago Fringe Opera. On the concert stage this season he appeared as the Doctor/Shepherd in Pelléas et Mélisande with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with both the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Apollo Chorus, Mozart’s Requiem with both the Fox Valley Orchestra and the North Shore Choral Society, the titular character in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Niles Metropolitan Chorus, and he joined the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert of songs by Schubert and Strauss.
Mr. Govertsen made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 as the Herald in Otello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Fe Opera and Central City Opera apprentice programs and holds degrees from Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University and the College of DuPage. Locally in Chicago he has performed dozens of roles, among them the title roles in Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale and Gianni Schicchi, the Four Villains/Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, Colline/La Bohème, Basilio and Bartolo/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola, Zaccaria/Nabucco, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Padre Guardiano/La Forza del Destino, Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress, and Friedrich Bhaer/Little Women.