Tenor David de Winter was born in Surrey and received his formative musical training as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, before studying Music at Durham University and Voice at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a finalist in the 2019 Handel Singing Competition, winning the Selma D and Leon Fischbach Memorial Award. His musical repertoire spans over 900 years, from the 11th Century to the present day. Primarily known as an interpreter of the baroque and renaissance eras, David is also a committed performer of contemporary music. Recent highlights include Matthäus Passion (arias) with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Jos van Veldhoven, Coridon in Acis & Galatea at the Buxton & Iford Arts Festivals with The Early Opera Company, Messiah with London Handel Society, Purcell & Handel with The English Concert and Kristian Bezuidenhout at the Wigmore Hall, and Berio's Sinfonia with EXAUDI, Helsinki Philharmonic & Susanna Mälkki. He recently released an album - Adorna - with Opus Anglicanum in collaboration with the jazz pianist Jason Rebello.
On stage, David has performed the title role in Thomas Arne’s Alfred (Doha Baroque Ensemble); Moore in Frederick Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley at the London Handel Festival (Ars Eloquentiae); the title role in Acis and Galatea (The Brook Street Band/love:Handel Festival); Sailor in Dido & Aeneas (Nederlandse Bachvereniging); Goro Madam Butterfly at the Anghiari Festival in Italy (Bury Court Opera & Southbank Sinfonia); his Wigmore Hall début as Coridon in Acis and Galatea (Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn); Carceriere in Donizetti’s Pia di Tolomei (English Touring Opera); Schoolmaster/Mosquito/Cock in Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen (Barnes Music Festival); Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, and Goro Madam Butterfly (Regents Opera/Opera à la Carte); Mayor Albert Herring (Opera Holland Park/Shadwell Opera); Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the title role in Vaughan-Williams' Hugh the Drover; and his Glyndebourne/Brooklyn Academy of Music débuts in Britten's Billy Budd.
On the concert platform, David’s highlights include Messiah at Cadogan Hall (English Chamber Orchestra & Tenebrae) and in Hereford Cathedral; B Minor Mass at the Royal Festival Hall (London Mozart Players), at the Chipping Campden Festival (Academy of Ancient Music) and in Durham Cathedral; a European tour of Schumann's Manfred (Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner); Purcell's Ode Why are all the muses mute with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging & Robert King in Utrecht, De Doelen (Rotterdam) and Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ (Amsterdam); Messiah and Bach Ascension Oratorio with Doha Baroque Ensemble; Arvo Pärt’s Passio in St John’s Smith Square (Aurora Orchestra/Tenebrae); Johannes Passion (arias) with the Nottingham Bach Choir, and Evangelist with Collegium Musicum of London; Mendelssohn’s St Paul (Durham Cathedral); Bach Magnificat, Matthäus Passion (arias) and Messiah (Westminster Cathedral); Monteverdi Vespers at the Rheingau Festival (The King's Consort), with English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble (Westminster Cathedral) and Armonico Consort (UK tour); Purcell & Blow Odes at The Holywell Room (Instruments of Time & Truth); Handel Belshazzar and Haydn Creation (Southern Pro Musica & Barnes Music Festival); and Handel's Samson at St John's Church, Waterloo;
In contemporary music, David created the role of Mikhail in Russell Hepplewhite's award-winning opera Laika the Spacedog (English Touring Opera). He gave the world premiere of Michael Finnissy’s Tom Fool’s Wooing at Milton Court Concert Hall with EXAUDI, played Gérard in the European premiere of Philip Glass’ dance opera Les enfants terribles (Grimeborn Opera Festival/Arcola Theatre), performed in the UK premiere of Pascal Dusapin's Passion (Music Theatre Wales/London Sinfonietta/EXAUDI), and gave the first performance of Peter Maxwell Davies' opera Kommilitonen (Royal Academy of Music). In 2020 he performed Stockhausen's Sternklang with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & Das Neue Ensemble in Hannover. As a core member of the vocal ensemble EXAUDI, David has premiered works by Linda Caitlin-Smith (Principal Sound Festival/St John’s Smith Square), Amber Priestley (BBC Open Ear), James Weeks (Aldeburgh Festival), Geoff Hannan (EXPOSURE/Milton Court Concert Hall), Jürg Frey (Sampler Series/L'auditori, Barcelona), Sivan Eldar (Royaumont Festival) and Sylvia Lim (Kölner Philharmonie). With the group he has recorded Cantates by Gerard Pesson with L'instant Donné and works by Christopher Fox, Uri Caine and Fabio Nieder, and has appeared in a variety of venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, and the Centre Georges Pompidou.
In recital, David has appeared at the Foundling Museum, at the London Handel Festival in a programme of Schütz & Handel, performed Britten folksongs, Canticle V and Alec Roth’s Romantic Residues at the Henry Wood Hall, and Britten’s A Birthday Hansel at the Salvi Harp Studio, both with the harpist Anne Denholm; Vierne’s Les Angélus and Wolf Spanisches Liederbuch in Westminster Cathedral; and a programme of Purcell, Monteverdi and Schubert at the 180° festival in Sofia;
David's discography spans over 500 years, from Gesualdo to Finnissy. His recording of Purcell Royal Odes with The King's Consort was a finalist in the 2021 Gramophone Awards, alongside a critically acclaimed second release of Purcell Birthday Odes for Queen Mary. He won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik as part of EXAUDI for their recording of Gesualdo Madrigals.
Future performances include Matthäus Passion (arias) with Phion Orkest and Jos van Veldhoven, Stockhausen's Sternklang with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the Acht Brücken Festival in Cologne, Bach Magnificat in Hereford Cathedral, and a recital project throughout 2022 in collaboration with The Brook Street Band commemorating 350 years since the death of Heinrich Schütz.