Maori-American baritone David Tahere is comfortable with a wide range of roles on the operatic and concert stage. His credits in opera include Sam
(Trouble in Tahiti), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Ramiro (l’Heure Espangole), Le Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Saint Peter (Too Many Sopranos), Harašta (Cunning Little Vixen), Olin Blitch (Susannah) and Daniel Webster (The Mother of Us All).
Tahere has been a featured soloist with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, Chattanooga Choral Arts Society, Chattanooga Bach Choir and Tenth Concert Series under the baton of highly regarded conductors, Andrew Altenbach, Teri Murai, Cristian Macelaru, Alan Harler and Helmuth Rilling. An avid recitalist and lover of song, Tahere has spent two summers in residency with SongFest at Colburn. He garnered praise from Graham Johnson for an interpretation of Poulenc that was “spot on,” and “emotionally…just what I wanted.” As a Stern Fellow, Tahere was given the opportunity to work closely with Sanford Sylvan, John Harbison, Alan Smith, Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Martin Katz.
While maintaining an active career as a performer, Tahere also serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Covenant College and artistic administrator for the John Hamm Performing Arts Series. He received his Master of Music in Voice Performance from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee. He studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, with renowned baritone Wolfgang Brendel.