David Salsbery Fry

Odyssey Opera debut: Don Alonzo & L’Envoyé Maure in Le Cid, 2015

Praised for his “extremely sensual and almost impossibly deep tones” by concerti, bass David Salsbery Fry is the grand prize winner and reigning laureate of the Bidu Sayão International Vocal Competition. A tireless advocate for new music, last season alone he created roles in three world premiere operas: Scott Wheeler’s Naga, Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre, and Chaya Czernowin’s Infinite Now (“World Premiere of the Year” in the 2017 Opernwelt critics survey). He has also performed in four workshops for The Metropolitan Opera and given the world premiere performances of several solo and chamber works, including the song cycle ten songs of yesno by Osnat Netzer. Other notable engagements include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for St. Petersburg Opera, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Vero Beach Opera, Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos and Wuorinen’s Never Again the Same at Tanglewood, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Tel Aviv, his Mostly Mozart debut in Stravinsky’s Renard, and Olin Blitch in Susannah with Opera at Rutgers. Mr. Fry studied at Juilliard, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins and apprenticed with The Santa Fe Opera. His recordings are available from Albany, Navona, Naxos and VIA Records. David is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and serves his union as a member of the Board of Governors and as Vice Chair of the New York Area Committee.