American Bass-Baritone, Todd William Donovan, has been described by critics as a singer full of confidence, dominating the stage. He is known for his powerful and resonant voice and expressive acting. Mr. Donovan is comfortable both on the Opera and Musical Theater stage where he has performed throughout the United States.
Opera News Online described Mr. Donovan’s performance of Lt. Gunter in Anton Coppola’s world premiere of La coupe et les levres: Mr Donovan revealed a fine, fresh baritone and used the French language to mold long, shapely musical lines. St. Petersburg Times Critic, John Fleming has described Mr. Donovan’s performances as rich, passionate and powerful; A solid performer with splendid acting throughout, bringing down the house.
Mr. Donovan’s most recent operatic roles include: Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, 2014. Critics said, “Donovan proves adept at comedy with stentorian vocal projection, a very fine Figaro. Strong and flexible, showcasing his own formidable chords.” Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, 2014, where he was described as “a swaggering rooster,” and “Blitch could be
a cardboard villain but Donovan’s performance makes him something more, giving fuller dimension to the character…” Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca in 2013, “giving a deliciously evil interpretation,” Mefistofele in Boito’s Mefistofele, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus; Colline in La Boheme; Leporello in Don Giovanni; Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow; and Marchese D’Obigny in La Traviata. Todd has also appeared as Wotan with New Century Opera’s Ring Cycle in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Die Walkure and Siegfried. In the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, he has sung the roles of The Modern Major General in The Pirates of Penzance, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, and the Mikado in The Mikado.
Mr. Donovan’s most recent musical theater was in the roles of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, the Baker in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and Count Carl Magnus in, A Little Night Music. He also covered the role of Sweeney Todd in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2013 and Man 1 in Sondheim’s Putting It Together in 2015.
Mr. Donovan has won numerous competitions including 1st place Oxnard $12,000 Gold Medal Award and the Johnny Mercer Award in the American Traditions Competition at the 2009 Savannah Music Festival, singing in multiple music genres including songs from the American Songbook, jazz, musical theater, pop and opera.
Mr. Donovan’s Oratorio and concert repertoire include, Verdi Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Haydn’s Theresiennemesse, Paukenmesse, Harmoniemesse, Nicolaimesse, Die Schöpfung, and Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh: Sacred Service, Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G, Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives, 9th Symphony and Mass in C, Orff’s Carmina Burana, , and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Mr. Donovan has sung six consecutive seasons at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.