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Brent Davis, Baritone, a Georgia native, and father of three, enjoys an active performance schedule around the Atlanta area and will return as baritone soloist with Michael O'Neal Singers in ALZHEIMER'S STORIES, a new work by Robert S. Cohen, on Sunday, October 27 at 3pm at Roswell UMC. Other upcoming performances include performances of Handel's Messiah in December at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta and with Michael O'Neal Singers at Roswell United Methodist Church.
Recently, Davis was baritone soloist in Durufle's REQUIEM and Aaron Copland's OLD AMERICAN SONGS, Vol. 1 with Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, as well as Handel's MESSIAH and Brahm's REQUIEM with Michael O'Neal Singers. Davis also produced and performed with Mark Miller Band, Tenor Timothy Miller, and the late Pianist Sandra Lutters, a beloved friend and coach, in a concert entitled SONGS OF BROTHERHOOD at Roswell UMC Chapel.
Brent Davis has performed in many other local Atlanta events such as the annual PATRIOTIC CONCERT with Roswell United Methodist Church Sounds of the Season series with Atlanta Wind Symphony and Roswell United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir performing for over 3,000 people as well as Vaughan Williams' DONA NOBIS PACEM with Michael O’Neal Singers and Georgia Philharmonic at Lassiter Hall with soprano Michelle Jarrell and Maestro Michael O'Neal conducting. Davis was also a featured soloist in the 2016 Atlanta Music Festival with Meridian Chorale featuring world renowned soprano Jessye Norman and Atlanta Braves tenor Timothy Miller, baritone soloist with Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra for the 10th Anniversary Annual Christmas Gala & Holiday Pops concert, as well as a Christmas Candlelight Service with special guests Indra Thomas, soprano, Tim Miller, tenor, Rick Massengale, piano, and the Candlelight Orchestra at Fayetteville United Methodist Church. He performed the role of King Melchior in AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS with Forsyth Academy of the Performing Arts directed by Leigh Ann Shaw Cannady at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Cumming, GA with artists Sandra Lutters, Indra Thomas, Timothy Miller, and Ben Polite. Davis was soloist with Meridian Chorale at the 2015 Governor's Honor Award ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol and 2015 Atlanta Music Festival with tenor Timothy Miller, under the direction of Maestro Steven Darsey, to celebrate African American classical compositions in concert, as well as baritone soloist with Michael O'Neal Singers in FANTASY OF THE OPERA.
Other past professional engagements have included appearances with The Atlanta Opera in the role of
Il Barone Douphol in Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA under the musical direction of Maestro Joseph Rescigno and stage direction by David Gately, Masetto and cover for the title role in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI with the company, as well as Guglielmo in COSÌ FAN TUTTE with Asheville Lyric Opera, and Marcello in LA BOHEME with University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, where he has also been seen as Ford in Verdi’s FALSTAFF, both directed by Metropolitan Opera baritone Frederick Burchinal. Davis has appeared at the International Festival of the Aegean in Greece as Il Barone and cover for Giorgio Germont in LA TRAVIATA, as well as featured soloist in the festival Opera Gala and baritone cover in CARMINA BURANA. Other recent productions include a tour as Marcello in an abridged, English version of Puccini’s LA BOHÉME with The Atlanta Opera, Schaunard in LA BOHÉME with Asheville Lyric Opera, and Papageno in THE MAGIC FLUTE
with Jubal’s Lyre Operatic Productions produced by Sandra Lutters. In company premieres with
The Atlanta Opera, he sang Horemhab in AKHNATEN and Hosie in COLD SASSY TREE with the rare opportunity to work with composers Philip Glass and Carlisle Floyd.
Davis has performed with such notable conductors as Edoardo Müller, Donald Runnicles, Arthur Fagen, William Fred Scott, Jerome Shannon, and Michel Singher. With Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he sang in DER ROSENKAVALIER in concert performance. Other stage appearances include (Prince Danilo) an Opera Gala performance of THE MERRY WIDOW with the Asheville Lyric Opera, (Schaunard) LA BOHEME with Mobile Opera, (Captain Corcoran) H.M.S. PINAFORE and (Miles Gloriosus) A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM with Atlanta Lyric Theatre, (Aeneas) DIDO AND AENEAS with Brenau Opera Center, (Jailor) TOSCA and (Prince Yamadori) MADAMA BUTTERFLY with The Atlanta Opera; (Pelleas) PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, (Eisenstein) DIE FLEDERMAUS, and (The Son) SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR with Illinois Opera Theater.
Equally accomplished in the Oratorio and Song repertoire, Mr. Davis was baritone soloist with Georgia Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Michael Alexander conducting Ralph Vaughan Williams' moving work "Sea Symphony, as well as baritone soloist in CARMINA BURANA with Michael O’Neal Singers, concert soloist with Governors Club Opera Guild, and regular featured soloist at the Atlanta Music Festival. He has been baritone soloist in Carl Orff's CARMINA BURANA at the Westabou Festival with the Augusta Choral Society, a military base concert tour with the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with The Atlanta Opera, and has also performed with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, The Atlanta Boy Choir, and Columbus (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra. His oratorio repertoire also includes works of Saint-Saens, Duruflé, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Buxtehude, and Weckmann. In recital, Mr. Davis has offered an array of programs including art song and opera repertoire, as well as songs by American musical theater composers and from the American Songbook.
Mr. Davis received his Master of Music from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Jerold Siena, Eric Dalheim, and John Wustman. He received his Bachelor of Music from Clayton State University and studied with Dr. Cheryl Boyd-Waddell and John O’Neal. In competitions, Mr. Davis has received a variety of awards and placed in the finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions. He has been engaged as an Apprentice Artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera and Studio Artist with The Atlanta Opera and Greek Opera Studio. He has worked extensively with acclaimed Metropolitan Opera baritone Frederick Burchinal, renowned Deutsche Oper Berlin coach Kathryn Wright, and respected conductor/vocal coach Craig Kier.
Brent Davis is a Partner at The Davis Group and Alpharetta Construction where he develops, constructs, and manages commercial developments across the southeast and Texas. Life is interesting as a singing business man!