RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
- Don Carlo di Vargas in Verdi's La Forza del Destino, at Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Teatro Massimo di Palermo;
- Giorgio Germont in La Traviata and Escamillo in Carmen, at the Armenian National Opera;
- Ibn-Hakia in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, at the Dmitri Hvorostovsky Festival (Russia).
David Babayants is born in Armenia and studied classical singing at State Conservatoire in Yerevan. He perfeced his technique at the Singing International Academy "Renata Tebaldi-Mario Del Monaco", with Mario Melani, and at Rossini Academy in Pesaro. He also received singing lessons from Raina Kabaivanska in Sofia.
Since 2008, he has been soloist at the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet, where he debuted in the role of Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, by Giuseppe Verdi. Then he performed roles such as Severo in Donizetti's Poliuto by Donizetti, the title roles in Verdi's Rigoletto and Nabucco, Don Prudenzio in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro), Silvio and Tonio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, Alfio in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Sharpless in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
He participated to the International Singing Competition for Verdian Voices in Busseto, with José Carreras as president of the jury, where he was awarded as best Verdian baritone and was invited to sing in La Traviata in Busseto. He won the IX
International Singing Competition, organized by the International Institute for Opera and Poetry, in Verona, and he performed the role of Amonasro in Verdi's Aida, at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona. At the Arena di Verona, he sang Giorgio Germont in La Traviata and sings at the Gala Domingo-Harding, alongside of Placido Domingo, conducted by Daniel Harding.
Also at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, he sang both Messe di Gloria from Puccini and Mascagni. Then, David came back to Verona, where he performed with great success, the roles of Amonasro and Sharpless in Franco Zeffirelli's production of Madama Butterfly, under the baton of Marco Armiliato, by the Arena di Verona Festival.
Babayants could share the stage with partners such as Placido Domingo, Vittorio Grigolo, Franceso Meli, Gianluca Terranova, Maria Jose Siri, Hasmik Papian, Amarilli Nizza and Violeta Urmana, among others. He was already directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Hugo De Ana, Pierluiggi Pizzi, Henning Brockhaus, Fura Dels Baus, François de Carpentries, Arnaud Bernard and others.
He received several honorary prizes, such a Busseto Verdi Society prize for the role of Germont and Verona Lirica Society prize.
His recent engagements include: Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca and the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto, at the Grand Théâtre de Tours (France); Escamillo at the Dubai Opera, Scarpia at the Ópera de Oviedo (Spain); Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino, in Parma, Bologna, Palermo and at the Oper Klosterneuburg (Austria); and Ibn-Hakia in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, conducted by Maestro Petrenko, at the Hvorostovsky Festival.