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David Kravitz, baritone

REVIEWS

Sparr, Approaching Ali (Washington National Opera, 2013)
"As Davis Miller, David Kravitz had the no-doubt strange experience of portraying a living protagonist who was at the performance. A charismatic baritone, Mr. Kravitz offered a vividly etched and satisfying interpretation of the author, who reminisces in the opera about his troubled childhood."
- Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
"David Kravitz's warm, supple baritone and vibrant personality fleshed out Miller's character."
- Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun
"In a lively spin as Miller, David Kravitz used his ample, sturdy baritone deftly."
- Tim Smith, Opera News
"The character of the adult Miller [was] sung with force and passion by baritone David Kravitz."
- Charles T. Downey, The Washington Post
"Sparr has worked to set the other central role, Davis-as-adult, for baritone Kravitz to capture that clear, strong voice, and feature the very notes where the man’s body shakes with aching power. Kravitz serves the score well, with intelligence and a deep connection to the material. His voice works without strain in the high notes of wonder and vulnerability while keeping the full power of his lower notes in a beautiful blend."
- Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene
Verdi, Un giorno di regno (Odyssey Opera, 2014)
"Kravitz is a gem, giving La Rocca certain Leporello-like oddities. His voice is brilliant, hosting a ping that gives surface to his voice as well as those around him.... Certainly the strongest performances of the evening."
- Samuel Kjellberg, Boston Musical Intelligencer
"David Kravitz brought a ringing baritone and impeccable comic chops to the treasurer La Rocca."
- Angelo Mao, Boston Classical Review
"David Kravitz sang splendidly, playing his buffo role to perfection."
- Ed Tapper, Edge Boston
"An especially fine actor with superb timing."
- Jack Craib, South Shore Critic
"One of the delights of the evening was to watch baritones James Maddalena and David Kravitz as the Barone di Kelbar and his Treasurer.... Kravitz, a superb singing actor, possesses a mobile face and he executed comic double takes with aplomb more than once. The success of their pair of patter duets was based on their clear and precise enunciation of the Italian text as well as their acting rapport."
- David Bonetti, Berkshire Fine Arts
Fiddler on the Roof (Ash Lawn Opera, 2014)
"This excellent production falls mostly on the shoulders of baritone David Kravitz as Tevye ... It’s a tough part, and just singing it well wouldn’t be enough to carry the show. But Kravitz seems to “get” Tevye as a human being and ... becomes utterly believable as a loving, conflicted man. This is a show where the need for acting skill nearly trumps the need for a good voice. Kravitz doesn’t just play the role, he interprets it, both in his singing and acting — and, in doing so, gives us a new view of the character. His interpretation of the Chaveleh sequence, near the end, is quietly eloquent and moving. His subtly nuanced voice is rich and clear, fully balanced with his acting and orchestra."
- Clare Aukofer, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA)
Vores, Goback Goback (recording: BMOP/sound #1030, 2013)
"Baritone David Kravitz sings Graham's elliptical poetry with a flexibility of tone and freedom of expression that suggest a deeper-voiced Peter Pears."
- Laurence Vittes, Gramophone (Jan. 2014)
MacMillan, Clemency (Boston Lyric Opera, 2013)
"David Kravitz was vocally and dramatically excellent as Abraham."
- Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe
"MacMillan’s score renders the agonized and passionate character of Abraham, which large-voiced baritone David Kravitz realized very effectively."
- Charles Warren, New York Arts
"Abraham [was] performed with vocal presence and great personality by baritone David Kravitz."
- Brian Schuth, Boston Musical Intelligencer
Harbison, Winter's Tale (recording: BMOP/sound #1023, 2012)
"Baritone David Kravitz as King Leontes bears the brunt of the show's musical and dramatic demands and remains the standout in a fine, fluid cast."
- Ken Smith, Gramophone (Dec. 2012)
"The recording thus benefits enormously from baritone David Kravitz, who invests Leontes with both enough sonorous gravity and enough quick-change musical fluency to lift the character beyond brittle or didactic."
- Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe
Sondheim, A Little Night Music (Emmanuel Music, 2014)
"As Fredrik Egerman, the lawyer who realizes over the course of an evening what a fool he is to have married a girl younger than his son and that his true love – if such a thing exists under the midnight sun – is his old flame Désirée, David Kravitz put in a stellar performance, which should be no surprise to those who regularly hear opera in Boston. Kravitz spoke his words with nuanced understanding of their import and sang with vocal allure, creating a total performance that could not be separated into its component vocal and textual parts. Although it might not have been Sondheim’s intention, Fredrik became the moral and musical center of the entire work."
- David Bonetti, Berkshire Fine Arts
Musgrave, The Mocking-bird (Boston Musica Viva, 2013)
"The star of The Mocking-bird was baritone David Kravitz, who gave a riveting portrayal of a frightened and confused private in the Union Army. Kravitz’s singing and acting performances were stellar."
- Basil Considine, Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Baritone David Kravitz brought potent acting skills and clear, natural diction to the role of Private Grayrock, giving full expression to the lost soldier’s fear, anger, bitterness, and gallows humor. Kravitz has reason to be proud of his powerful instrument."
- David Wright, Boston Classical Review
"David Kravitz sang powerfully and with feeling."
- Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe
Fairouz, For Victims (recording: Native Informant, Naxos #8.559744, 2013)
"The cavernous baritone David Kravitz is especially good in his description of the little cantor with his 'sweet tenor coloratura flautando' marching down the aisle of the synagogue."
- Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News
"A similarly striking mood is created with For Victims - a dramatic scene for baritone and string quartet. The texts by David Shapiro reflect on the atrocities of the Holocaust. The music is relentless in its impact and baritone David Kravitz gives a stirring performance."
- Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition
"For Victims is darker, thicker, and more intensely dramatic. David Kravitz navigates the David Shapiro text quite well and the blend between Kravitz and the Borromeo String Quartet is well done."
- Jay Batzner, Sequenza 21
Pergolesi, La serva padrona (Boston Baroque, 2013)
"David Kravitz, familiar from performances with the Boston Symphony and Boston Lyric Opera, sang the role of Uberto with impeccable musicality, fine comic timing, and exemplary enunciation."
- Harlow Robinson, The Boston Globe
Rossini, L'italiana in Algeri (Boston Midsummer Opera, 2011)
"David Kravitz resourcefully wrung a fair bit of character out of Taddeo’s nervous perplexity while lavishing a deep, ringing baritone on his lines."
- Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe
"With his big voice and confident stage presence, Boston favorite David Kravitz, who debuted last season with NYC Opera, made more than most baritones ever do of the role of Taddeo, Isabella's older admirer who poses as her uncle. Pompous and cowardly, stuffy and shrinking, this was a broad but amusingly detailed characterization."
- Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix
"In the hands (voice, posture, rubber-face) of the marvelous David Kravitz, Taddeo is one of the funniest, and oddly endearing, characters in this opera. He sang terrifically, as he always does, and was another serious reason to catch this opera this week."
- Susan Miron, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"David Kravitz, with his rich tones and exceptional musicality, was an understated, but endearing Taddeo, mixing subtle humor and irony into what is all too often an over-ripe role."
- Richard B. Beams, Opera con Brio

Haydn, Die Schöpfung (Emmanuel Music, 2009)
As the angel Raphael, "baritone David Kravitz ... sang not only with power and eloquence but a deep understanding of the text."
- David Weininger, The Boston Globe
"In sumptuously flexible voice, singing a role usually reserved for the deepest basses, Kravitz captured both the stentorian grandeur of declamation and Haydn's tender, wide-eyed, yet also knowing snapshots of the animal kingdom."
- Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

John Harbison, Winter's Tale (Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2009)
"But the dramatic weight of the opera falls chiefly on Leontes, who was brilliantly sung by David Kravitz. His robust voice rang out easily over the orchestra, but it was chiefly his presence and the sheer force of his character that made Friday's performance so compelling."
- David Weininger, The Boston Globe
"Leontes was one of baritone David Kravitz's finest accomplishments, and he was one of the few people who could be both heard and understood distinctly over the orchestra."
- Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix
"The opera might well be titled 'Leontes,' so decisive and overwhelming is this character's presence and mood.... [T]he concert has to be considered a personal triumph for the Leontes, baritone David Kravitz, almost as much as for Harbison. Kravitz's large, multi-layered voice, his passion, his subtlety, his deeply considered acting, rode large over everything.... No one, and nothing that happens, stands up to [Leontes'] strange mood - it is something we hear in Harbison's music and something that Kravitz projected not only in his voice, but in his face and bearing."
- Charles Warren, The Berkshire Review for the Arts

Stravinsky, The Rake's Progress (Emmanuel Music, 2011)
"The leads offered superlative singing.... As Nick Shadow, baritone David Kravitz was sonorously fine, a powerful gunmetal voice with a sardonic polish around the edges. Their characterizations were crisp: ... Kravitz giving Shadow’s lines a hint of mirthful color, bemused at his quarry’s fecklessness."
- Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe
"Baritone David Kravitz, as Nick Shadow, the Devil, was in even fuller, rounder voice, the embodiment of sly, elbow-in-the-ribs Evil."
- Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

Cimarosa, Il maestro di cappella (The Music Director) (Boston Baroque, 2009)
"Kravitz returned as the title character and gave a tour de force. Placed on a platform mid-orchestra, he sang for 18 minutes, managing the difficult stops and starts as the orchestra comes in to do his bidding. He produced a loud, handsome tone, and projected the text clearly."
- David Perkins, The Boston Globe
"This year's heartwarming, mostly-Mozart program proved particularly welcome, given the gloomy weather and the current general mood. And it made me wonder yet again why the program's hilarious secret weapon, baritone David Kravitz, isn't a bigger star.... Kravitz excelled in both [Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne and Cimarosa's The Music Director], and sang throughout with his customary command, but he was truly peerless in the Cimarosa.... In the witty Music Director, however, Kravitz was utterly in his element - not only was his sound gorgeous, but his characterization was superb, proving that he can slice the comic ham with the best of 'em.... The only question in any one's mind at the final standing ovation was - how will they ever top this next year?"
- Thomas Garvey, The Hub Review

Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado (Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 2007)
"Baritone David Kravitz's Ko-Ko, the accidental Lord High Executioner, exhibited perfect comic timing, clear diction, and one of the best voices in the cast. His 'Little List' was a high point of the evening."
- Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"David Kravitz had more than enough voice for Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, and, looking like Groucho Marx, he found moments of pathos and hilarity ('Tit-willow' included both) while commanding the show."
- Judith Malafronte, Opera News

"David Kravitz is an irresistible Ko-Ko, with bright, forward tone and crisp diction."
- Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News


Bach, St. Matthew Passion (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 2008)
"Many of Boston's finest singers were featured in smaller roles, and of them baritone David Kravitz (as Peter, Pilate, Pontifex and the Second Priest) was exceptional. He brought a resolute power and total connection that eluded the baritones in the principal parts."
- Wayman Chin, Opera News

"Of the singers in the smaller roles, David Kravitz's baritone stood out for its boldness and character, and made one wonder if the BSO should have looked closer to home for Bach soloists."
- Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe

"Outstanding Boston singer" David Kravitz was "powerful here as both Peter and Pilate" and "put most of the visiting vocalists to shame."
- Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix



Bloch, Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) (Chorus pro Musica, 2010)
"Baritone David Kravitz sang the cantor’s role with great warmth and intensity, and his directness in the English passage (which was both declaimed as well as sung) was exhilarating."
- Liane Curtis, The Boston Musical Intelligencer


Vores, Goback Goback (Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2009)
"David Kravitz performed the work with immense artistic integrity and commitment; indeed his voice often seemed to be amplified as it resonated so fully in the hall."
- Robert Myers, Classical Voice New England


Handel, Semele (Opera Boston, 2008)
"David Kravitz ... as Somnus, gave compelling accounts of the sleep god's back-to-back arias."
- George Loomis, The Financial Times

"As Somnus, the god of sleep, [Kravitz's] mellifluent legato was both funny and beautiful."
- Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe


Mozart, Don Giovanni (Opera Aperta, 2002)
"The unequivocal show-stealer was baritone David Kravitz as Leporello. A natural crowd-pleaser, Kravitz sang with resonance and fluency, and he acted with an ease and expressiveness that far outshone the rest."
- Julie Mullany, Opera News

"David Kravitz nearly walked away with the show, his lush baritone putting across Leporello's music with stylish nonchalance."
-T.J. Medrek, The Boston Herald

"Kravitz easily walked away with the show in a nicely restrained comic performance as Leporello that was always alive and alert, both musically and theatrically.... This baritone possesses an evenly produced velvet sound, which he can shade with the utmost subtlety. His diction, even in that tricky patter 'Catalogue Aria,' was exemplary."
- Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Bay Windows

"David Kravitz was masterly as the servant Leporello, singing with drop-dead musicianship and voluble diction and acting with guile."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"David Kravitz's saucy Leporello is the production's big success: he has the clearest enunciation, and he makes the jokes live."
- Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Phoenix

Stravinsky, The Rake's Progress (Cantata Singers, 2003)
"Three singers stole the show whenever they appeared ... As the Mephistophelean Nick Shadow, Kravitz came into his own. His voice has blossomed, his comic timing has sharpened, and with his goatee and magic tricks (there's evidently more than one card up his sleeve) and fire-engine-red tie and pocket handkerchief, he was the Devil incarnate."
- Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix
"Baritone David Kravitz as the satanic Nick Shadow gave the best performance of his career. Kravitz was suavely evil, a salesman-tempter, singing with accurate abandon."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

Rochberg, Sacred Song of Reconciliation (Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Oct. 2004)
"Set to a Hebrew text, the music portrays the fearsome power of the Old Testament God. Bass-baritone David Kravitz conveyed that power in a performance of staggering impact."
- T.J. Medrek, The Boston Herald
"George Rochberg's 'Sacred Song of Reconciliation' is an unyielding, granitic work on a Hebrew text, sung with power, character, and so much fervor by baritone David Kravitz that he brought the house down."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
"David Kravitz delivered the Hebrew text of Rochberg's 1973 Sacred Song of Reconciliation with power and sensitivity, holding his own against the pounding percussion."
- Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

Primosch, Songs and Dances from "The Tempest" (Orchestra 2001, 2006)
"James Primosch's Songs and Dances from 'The Tempest' for soprano, baritone, and chamber ensemble allowed Kravitz to demonstrate a remarkable ability to convey the humor in the bard's work. Singing as the rough Stephano he managed to convey the dimwitted elegance of the language set to music."
- Jim McCaffrey, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin

Schumann, Szenen aus Goethes Faust (Cantata Singers, 2004)

"Baritone David Kravitz took the roles of Faust and Dr. Marianus. Each season this intelligent singer makes a leap forward in artistry and vocal security, and this may have been his most fulfilling performance yet. He reached great heights in Faust's passionate prayer that his days on earth not pass away and in the visionary rapture of Dr. Marianus's music."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"Fine voices were everywhere: David Kravitz in the title role, singing as usual with taste and insight."
- Keith Powers, The Boston Herald

Handel, Apollo e Dafne (Handel & Haydn Society, 2004)
"David Kravitz was sensational as Handel's Apollo. His singing was agile and sonorous, and his enunciation was superb."
- David Cleary, The Boston Herald