David Stout


"David Stout's immensely attractive Falstaff was nicely contrasted with his arrogant Paolo Albiani."


"David Stout’s Figaro was assertive, quick-witted and warmly sung, an impressive role debut."


"David Stout is a formidable Sancho Panza"


"I was moved by David Stout as Massenet’s hapless manager forced into the role of Sancho. His final lament for Quichotte was the best part of the evening."


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David Stout has rapidly established himself as one of the UK’s most versatile baritones. His repertoire ranges widely, encompassing early music with period instruments, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Britten, the bel canto repertoire and contemporary and twentieth-century works. He has earned a formidable reputation for his stage charisma, refined acting and presence on stage, as well as for being a great colleague whom other singers, conductors and directors are keen to work with again and again.

Recent highlights include a critically acclaimed Posa Don Carlo (Grange Park Opera); Donner Das Rheingold (with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé);  Marcello La Bohème (Scottish Opera); Gratiano The Merchant of Venice (Welsh National Opera); the title roles of Le nozze di Figaro and Figaro Gets A Divorce (Welsh National Opera); Count Douglas in Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff (Wexford Festival); the title role of Le nozze di Figaro and Fritz Kothner Die Meistersinger (both English National Opera); Sandoval Le Duc d’Albe, Paolo Simon Boccanegra and the title role of Falstaff (all with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé); an acclaimed Sancho Pança Don Quichotte (Grange Park Opera); Bach St John Passion with the Aurora Orchestra at King’s Place; Oromazes in Rameau’s Zaïs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas with the English Concert at the Bristol Old Vic.

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Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni

Welsh National Opera, March 2018

From a vocal perspective there are many other felicities, not least the Donna Elvira of Elizabeth Watts and the Leporello of David Stout... Stout’s Leporello is in the same class: communicative, consistent and compelling. His character is the one who should really develop a rapport with the audience and he certainly does so

Alexander Campbell, Classical Source, March 2018

Marcello in La bohème

Scottish Opera, May 2017

David Stout, as an especially pivotal Marcello, was in magnificent voice

David Smythe, Bachtrack, May 2017

Title roles of Le nozze di Figaro and Figaro gets a Divorce

Welsh National Opera, February 2016

David Stout is an outstanding, resonant bass Figaro, terrific in “Non più andrai” – one of the best I can remember – and a robust, not too violent, foil to Mark Stone’s Almaviva

Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk

The cast is strong, especially on the male side, with Mark Stone as the Count and David Stout as Figaro.

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

Anna Devin and David Stout sang freshly and cleanly as Susanna and Figaro

Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph

David Stout’s Figaro bustles in through the audience mid-overture, a touch of pantomime that sets the tone. It’s no bad thing to be reminded that Figaro is a comedy... The principals play off each other marvellously. Stout’s dark, flexible voice makes an effective foil for the paler tones of Mark Stone’s Count...

Richard Bratby, Spectator

The casts were supremely capable... David Stout’s Figaro was triumphant in Marriage and cynically depressed in Divorce...

Steph Power, Independent

David Stout (Figaro) and Anna Devin (Susanna) both gave very strong performances of great character and stamina, the former an authoritative stage presence with a pleasingly agile voice.

Rohan Shotton, Bachtrack

It doesn't hurt that soon-to-be-weds Figaro and Susanna are sung and acted with wit, grace and musical beauty by David Stout and Anna Devin. I have rarely enjoyed these characters more: they sing as one, yet a hundred connecting currents bring their union to life.

Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage

Sandoval in Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe

cond. Sir Mark Elder [CD: Opera Rara]

The smaller roles are all strongly cast, with David Stout as a rather nasty Spanish captain, Sandoval

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

Appearing in both acts, the captain of the Spanish garrison, Sandoval, is portrayed with fittingly martial fortitude by bronze-timbred baritone David Stout, a former head chorister at Westminster Abbey. There is smarmy self-satisfaction in his delivery of ‘Par Saint-Jacques, messieurs, on ne boit qu’à Bruxelles,’ and he chants ‘Voyez donc cette belle’ repulsively—perfectly in character, that is. His mettlesome study of Sandoval continues to gain stature in Act Two.

Joseph Newsome , Voix des Arts

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