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Associate of the Royal Academy of Music

Man with curly dark hair with conductor's baton looking thoughtful in Oxford collegeDavid Todd (2010, Music) has been awarded Associate Honours (ARAMs) from the Royal Academy of Music. This honour is awarded to alumni who have made a significant contribution to the music profession or society in general.

David is Head of Studies and Kapellmeister at Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, a post he began in January 2021. In 2022, he made his debut conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra Würzburg in Bellini’s i Capuleti ei Montecchi. David drew attention across Germany when he stepped in at the piano to replace the orchestra in the premiere of Janáček’s opera The Makropulos Case in Würzburg. He was previously Assistant Chorus Master and Répétiteur at Staatstheater Darmstadt, Germany, where he worked on productions of Puccini’s Turandot, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Turnage’s Twice Through the Heart among others, and conducted the Staatsorchester.

Originally from Solihull, England, David trained at Univ, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was répétiteur at the Alexander Gibson Opera School and a recipient of the James Geddes Award. He has worked for Opera Holland Park, London, and was répétiteur for a special revival of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek at the Arcola Theater as well as working with many other opera companies in the UK.

In 2020, David started his blog “Opera with a Hot Toddy” where he invites colleagues and friends from the opera world to discuss their work over a drink. His first book, covering the history of his family in India and Fiji, was printed in 2021 and can be ordered on his website.

David was featured in the Young Univ Gallery. You can read an interview with him here.

Photo: John Cairns

Published: 17 March 2023

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