David Cody is highly sought after in the intermountain region as a tenor soloist in opera and in concert, as a conductor and musical director, and as a stage director. He has sung many leading and supporting roles with such companies as The Opera Theater of St. Louis, The Ohio Light Opera, Intermountain Opera, Rimrock Opera and Nevada Opera Theater. He was featured recently with the Helena Symphony as tenor soloist in Summer Sun, Winter Moon by Robert Kapilow, and as “Beadle Bamford” in Stephen Sondheim’sSweeny Todd.
As a stage director, Mr. Cody was the founder, director and producer of the Intermountain Opera Chamber Ensemble, a professional touring company specializing in one-act operas. He was also chorus master and assistant conductor for Intermountain opera from 1995-2001. Recently he directed Poia: The Blackfeet Story of Scarface, an American opera written in 1907 by Arthur Nevin. This opera was the signature event for Explore the Big Sky as part of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, which took place in Great Falls, Montana.
At the University of Montana-Missoula, Mr. Cody teaches voice and co-directs the UM Opera Theater, which will produce Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in February 2006. His voice students have gone on to professional careers in opera, musical theater, and music education. Mr. Cody is also the director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Montana/Idaho/Eastern Washington District. This prestigious annual event awards promising young opera singers with prize money and a chance to sing for the Metropolitan Opera.
Mr. Cody received his training form the Truman State University and the Indiana University School of Music, where he performed extensively with its noted opera theater. He was also a member of the Pro Arte Singers with the Early Music Institute, directed by Thomas Binkley, and was a soloist of their recording of Dufay’s Missa se la face ay pale (Focus label).