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… sang like an angel, very expressively and with a very present voiceStuttgarter Zeitung
David Allsopp has established himself as one of the most versatile counter-tenors of his generation. He is increasingly in demand as a soloist in the UK and internationally in repertoire ranging from the medieval to the modern.
David Allsopp has established himself as one of the most versatile countertenors of his generation. A choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and a former member of Westminster Cathedral Choir, he has since performed and recorded extensively with Tenebrae, Polyphony and the Gabrieli Consort & Players. He continues to work closely with the Gramophone Award nominated early music consort Gallicantus, of which he is a founding member.
David is increasingly in demand as a soloist in the UK and internationally in repertoire ranging from the medieval to the modern. Notable credits include Arvo Pärt’s Passio (BBC Proms), Carmina Burana (in Milan and Malta), and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, which recorded with Tenebrae in 2016 and which was released last year (“Allsopp makes much of the words… there is an arresting immediacy to both performance and recording” Gramophone Magazine).
But it is the music of Bach and Handel in which he has been most acclaimed. Oratorio credits include the St John and St Matthew Passions (Ex Cathedra, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Noord Nederlands Orkest), Christmas Oratorio (BBC Singers) and Messiah (RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony, Huddersfield Choral Society). His ever-expanding solo discography includes Israel in Egypt, Joshua and Jephtha, and performances of Saul at the Liederhalle Stuttgart were described as “angelic, expressive . . . he beguiled the audience from his first aria with tender phrasing, melting perfectly in duet” (Stuttgarter Zeitung).
David made his operatic debut in a concert performance of Susanna at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival with Christian Curnyn; subsequently he has collaborated with conductors Helmuth Rilling, Jonathan Cohen and Martyn Brabbins.
Concerts this season include Mass in B minor in Hamburg, Hannover and in Snape Maltings, Messiah with North German Radio, St John Passion in Milan, a new Venetian Vespers programme with Frieder Bernius and Musik-Podium Stuttgart.
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... sang like an angel, very expressively and with a very present voice, …Stuttgarter Zeitung
… dramatic and awe-inspiring.Birmingham Post
... the extraordinary David Allsopp, a countertenor with a magnetic voice and phrasing, ...Cremona Oggi
… a very intelligent singer, with a most beautiful voice.Opera Britannia
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