Baritone David John Pike has a widely varied repertoire covering early music, oratorio, symphonic, opera and commissioned works. In his native Canada, in the UK and across Europe, he has worked with leading ensembles including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Philharmonic and the Schweizerkammerchor under the direction of Dutoit, Jurowski, Koopman, Marriner, Mehta, Rattle and Zinman.  He now has a growing reputation as an operatic and concert soloist.

Operatic roles have included Marcello (Bohème) in Bamberg, Sprecher (Zauberflöte) and Don Giovanni in Luxembourg, Schaunard (Bohème), and Curio (Giulio Cesare, cover) at Glyndebourne. He made his Canadian mainstage début to rave reviews last season singing Scarpia in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Tosca. Other recent projects have included the role of Emirenus in the rarely performed Otto by Telemann and Handel in Magdeburg, Germany, Bach’s Matthäus Passion with Kammermusik Potsdam, Messiah under John Scott at St. Thomas’ Fifth Avenue, New York and the world premier of Canadian composer Andrew Ager’s The Unknown Soldier. He made his role début as Il Conte di Luna in il Trovatore (cover) this year with Scottish Opera. Other highlights this season include Fauré Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony under Bramwell Tovey, Messiah with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Kalmer, a European tour featuring Mahler Kindertotenlieder and song recitals featuring works Butterworth, Vaughan Williams and Finzi in Ottawa, Edinburgh, London, France, Germany and Luxembourg.

Whither must I wander?, his first solo disc on Signum Classics, featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Quilter, earned a 5-star review from BBC Music Magazine and was nominated for Recording of the Year by MusicWeb International.

David participated in English National Opera’s 2008/2009 Operaworks and the IVAI under the Met’s Joan Dornemann.  He has worked with celebrated baritone Sherrill Milnes and English tenor Ian Bostridge.  He studied with Theresa Goble of the Guildhall, London, William Perry at the Royal Conservatory, Toronto, and currently works with American bass Daniel Lewis Williams in Germany.  David lives with his family on the Luxembourg Moselle.

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"Canadian baritone David John Pike offered a carefully calibrated performance, contrasting strong and forceful declarations with muted and caressed phrases. He fully captured the grandeur and glory of the music."

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When: Saturday 9 December 2023

Where: Holy Trinity Church, Stratforfd-upon-Avon

Performing: Handel’s Messiah