Chicago native David Govertsen recently completed his second summer as an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera and returns to Northwestern University to finish his master's degree. At Santa Fe he covered Sarastro/The Magic Flute and Commendatore/Don Giovanni and sang King Basilio in the workshop premiere of Lewis Spratlan’s Life is a Dream. Also in Santa Fe this season Mr. Govertsen performed as a soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Santa Fe Symphony and joined the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for a concert of Bach arias and duets. At Northwestern he has performed the roles of Figaro/The Marriage of Figaro, Don Basilio/The Barber of Seville, Sarastro/The Magic Flute, Beaumarchais/The Ghosts of Versailles and Frank Maurrant/Street Scene. Other operatic highlights include Don Alfonso/Cosi fan tutte, Colline/La Boheme, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Padre Guardiano/La Forza del Destino, Professor Bhaer/Little Women, Olin Blitch/Susannah and Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress. This season he sings with the Northwest Indiana Symphony in Handel's Messiah, DuPage Opera Theater in performances of Simone in Gianni Schicchi and he makes his Carnegie Hall debut in April as the Herald in Verdi's Otello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti. Next season Mr. Govertsen will join the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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