|Bass-Baritone Carl Dupont is a vocalist equally
engaged in performing, teaching, and research. He made his first operatic
appearance as a boy soprano in the title role of Amahl and the Night Visitors
in his hometown of Daytona Beach, FL, and has been singing ever since. Lately,
he has been celebrated for his “dramatic, dark tones” (South Florida Classical
Review) on stage as Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title character in Dennis
Rodman in North Korea, and Jim in Porgy and Bess at the Palacio de Bellas
Artes in Mexico City. He has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Oratorio
Society, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
However, the intimacy of the solo recital is his preferred métier,
and sharing the wealth of songs by black composers, a particular passion.
He began this season with recitals at the U. of North Carolina and U. of Miami with pianist Alan Johnson. He performs on tour with American Spiritual Ensemble from Jan. 30 to Feb. 19. He perform Bach's Cantata #140 Wachet Auf with the Carolina Pro Musica at Central Piedmont Community College on Feb. 23 and 25. On March 24 he sings a recital in Newton NC. On April 1 and 2 he performs the St. John Passion with Carolina Voices. This summer he will join Glimmerglass Opera.
Dr. Dupont instructs undergraduate students in applied voice, as well as French, German, Italian, and English Diction in his duties as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additionally, he is an affiliate faculty member of the Africana Studies Department, and has partnered with the German and Dance Departments for exciting collaborations. Outside of the university, his expertise has resulted in invitations to serve as a clinician for masterclasses and choral groups, as well as an adjudicator for regional and national competitions. His own studies began at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University, where he earned the distinctive Performers’ Certificate at both institutions coupled with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was then awarded the highly sought-after University of Miami Fellowship and completed a doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the Frost School of Music.
Dr. Dupont’s scholarly interest focuses on equity and inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline. He has presented his research in international and national conferences from Stockholm to Indianapolis, and is a co-author of an article, The Economic Impact of Vocal Attrition in Public School Teachers in Miami-Dade County, published in The Laryngoscope. He currently holds the office of vice-president for the North Carolina branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians.
Highlights of last season’s engagements include New York City’s Carnegie Hall to premiere Jacqueline Hairston’s latest work Peace is Always a Good Idea, St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig Germany as a contestant in the XXth International Bach Competition, and a solo recital for Rochester Opera Guild.
Blackness in Opera
Scandinavia’s African American Gospel Music Tradition
The Origin and Development of the Negro Spiritual
Pioneering African American Teachers of Singing
Art Songs by Black Composers for Bass Voice
Baroque Bass Arias: The Sacred and the Profane
Power and Corruption: Opera Arias of Men, Gods, and Demons in Pursuit
Liederabend: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Robert Owens, Hugo Wolf
Ode to William Warfield
Art Songs of Robert Owens