American Bass-Baritone David Ripley is widely heard in oratorio, recital, chamber opera, and early and contemporary music programs. Recent performance highlights include the premier of Lori Dobbins’ The Rage of Achilles at Jordan Hall and Kaddish by Lawrence Siegel for the Cohen Center Holocaust Studies at Keene State College. With Boston Musical Theatre, he has given performances of the American Songbook in Boston, New York, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, and St. Petersburg through the U.S. Embassy and for the Ambassadors of NATO. Their recordings include, All That Jazz, live from Rachmaninoff Hall, We’ll Meet Again featuring the songs of WWII and Fly Me to the Moon, songs of American vocal legends.
For twenty five years Mr. Ripley has been a frequent guest on the national tour of The Christmas Story with the Waverly Consort, and as soloist with Waverly and the Boston Camerata, has toured Europe, South America, and the United States many times. His many lieder recitals include Schubert’s Die Winterreise and Die Schöne Müllerin, he was a longtime soloist for the New England Bach Festival appearing at the Metropolitan Museum of New York and Carnegie Hall, and continues his long association with the Aston Magna Festival. Along with members of the Metropolitan Opera he sang the premier of Louis Spratlin’s opera, Life is a Dream, winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Music. At the Metropolitan Opera House and the Kennedy Center he was guest soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, singing the songs of Stephen Foster in Americans We, choreographed by Twyla Tharp. In Boston, Mr. Ripley starred in Peter Childs' one act opera Embers, based on the play by Samuel Beckett. Richard Dyer, of the Boston Globe wrote of the performance: "Baritone David Ripley…gave an impressive demonstration of vocal skill, musicianship, stamina, memory and imagination."
His two solo recordings with pianist Arlene Kies: A New Season feature works of Ives, Fauré, Schubert, and Brahms; and Ne Point Passer, on Centaur Records, featuring the melodies of Gabriel Fauré and Henri Duparc, have earned fine critical praise.