Bass-Baritone Carl DuPont is a vocalist equally engaged in teaching, performing, 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.
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 collaboration respectively. 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 diversity and inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline. He recently presented some of his research at the College Music Society’s International Conference in Stockholm, and will present a lecture-recital, Pioneering African American Teachers of Singing, at the National Conference in Indianapolis. He 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.