DAVID MILLER, BASS BARITONE
Dr. David Miller has performed major operatic roles throughout his home state. His contributions to art and medicine were recently featured in the article “Theaters of Operation” in Alaska Medicine, a publication highlighting the unique accomplishments of Alaskan physicians.
David found his voice as a child singing sacred oratorio, which continues to be a major passion for him. As a boy of eight, he would sing arias from Handel’s Messiah while plowing a wheat field, confident the roar of the tractor would drown out any unpleasantness for the neighbors (turns out he was wrong). He has performed a wide range of oratorios with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Concert Chorus and Alaska Chamber Singers, including Messiah, Carmina Burana and The Damnation of Faust, to name a few. David was privileged to premiere Emerson Eads’ Mass for the Oppressed at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2016.
Dr. Miller has performed with Opera Fairbanks in the roles of Colline in La Bohème, Zuniga in Carmen, and Father (Peter) in Hansel and Gretel under the baton of Maestro Gregory Buchalter of The Metropolitan Opera. Of Miller’s voice, Buchalter stated: “He is an excellent singer. He has a wonderful bass voice. Good basses are hard to come by…. I work with the world’s greatest singers, so for me to compliment David really means something.”
In 2014, David debuted the role of Finias Lynch in the world premiere of Eads’ first opera, The Color of Gold. David was also the featured soloist in Juneau Symphony Orchestra’s premiere of Sawyer’s Alaskan Symphony, celebrating Alaska’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood, and headlined Juneau Symphony Orchestra’s “Russian Romantics” concert, singing arias of Boris Godunov, Pimen, and Vaarlam.
Notable roles include both Figaros (The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro), Scarpia in Tosca, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Papageno in The Arctic Magic Flute (performed in Juneau, Anchorage, Nome, and Kotzebue), Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Talpa in Il Tabarro, Dulcamara and Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, the title role in The Mikado, and the unforgettable Edna in Hairspray.
Dr. Miller maintains an active surgical practice in Juneau, and is a past president of the Alaska State Medical Board. He is now looking forward to his fourth world premiere, this time of Eads’ second opera, The Princess Sophia.