David Macaluso has been praised for his versatility as both a comic and lyric baritone. Since earning his degree from Manhattan School of Music, he has performed Off-Broadway, throughout the US, and abroad, predominantly in comic operas. David was most recently engaged as Ko-Ko on a US national tour of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ (NYGASP) new production of The Mikado. BroadwayWorld lauded David’s Ko-Ko thus: “Prancing about the stage with exuberant showmanship and handling Gilbert’s verbal wit with crackling dexterity, he’s the evening’s energetic comic engine.”
David simultaneously performed the roles of Sir Joe & Buttercup in the Drama Desk Award-nominated Pinafore! at New York City’s Vortex Theater. Of this performance, Variety declared “it’s Macaluso who makes this saucy ship a beauty.” In addition to numerous performances as Ko-Ko, favorite NYGASP credits include Major-General Stanley (The Pirates of Penzance), Sir Joseph Porter (H.M.S. Pinafore), and Luiz (The Gondoliers). His Robin Oakapple (Ruddigore) was praised by The New York Times as “vividly sung and enacted,” and David “sang ably and acted admirably as the pastoral poet Archibald Grosvenor” in NYGASP’s Patience. Other comic opera roles include Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Tabarie (The Vagabond King), Lucas (The Student Prince), Hard-Boiled Herman (Rose-Marie), and Captain Duval (The New Moon).
The Stephen Holt Show commended “the excellent David Macaluso…is as adept with slinging one-liners and physical comedy as he is with singing the vocally demanding, tongue-twisting score. He strikes 19th-century acting poses with the command of a Booth.”