Carl DuPont, Bass-Baritone
Highly accomplished bass-baritone Carl DuPont is a vocalist equally engaged in performing, teaching, and research. The South Florida Classical review celebrated his “dramatic, dark tones.” Major operatic credits include productions at The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Carolina, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Leipzig Opera. His world premieres include the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea as well as Why Peace is Always a Good Idea at Carnegie Hall under the baton of composer Jacqueline Hairston. In the role of Murray on the world premiere recording of Death of Webern Fanfare Magazine noted his “lyricism that underpins every statement.” He has been seen on German television with the reoccurring character of Fred, der Tanzlehrer on Unter Uns. Dr. DuPont has also performed with many of the worlds leading orchestras in performances across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. However, the intimacy of the solo recital is his preferred métier, and sharing the wealth of songs by black composers, a particular passion. His solo debut album of these works, entitled The Reaction was released on Albany Records earlier this year, and included many works never performed or recorded before.
Dr. DuPont’s scholarly interest focuses on transformative inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline. He instructs undergraduate students in applied voice, diction, and vocal pedagogy in his duties as an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Vocal Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His young students have won local and regional competitions and have benefitted from his implementation of a multicultural guest artist series and advocacy for diverse composers in the curriculum. These efforts have garnered him recognition as one of Diverse Magazine’s 2018 Emerging Scholars. His own studies began at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University, where he earned the distinctive Performers’ Certificate at both institutions coupled with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was then awarded the highly sought-after University of Miami Fellowship and completed a doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the Frost School of Music. He has presented original research in conferences in Stockholm, Vancouver, and Indianapolis and co-authored “The Economic Impact of Vocal Attrition in Public School Teachers in Miami-Dade County” for The Laryngoscope with colleagues from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
Highlights from this season include Hortensius in La fille du regiment and Zuniga in Carmen with Opera Carolina and a debut with Opera Toledo. This season he will also present recitals at UC San Diego, University of Miami, East Carolina University as well as masterclasses at the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University.