Highly accomplished bass-baritone, Carl DuPont, is a vocalist equally engaged in performing, teaching, and research, whom The South Florida Classical Review has celebrated for his “dramatic, dark tones.” Major operatic credits include productions at Opera Columbus, The InSeries, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Leipzig Opera. His world premieres include the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea as well as Why Peace is Always a Good Idea at Carnegie Hall under the baton of composer Jacqueline Hairston. In the role of Murray on the world premiere recording of Death of Webern, Fanfare Magazine noted his “lyricism that underpins every statement.” Dr. DuPont has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras in performances across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, under the batons of Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, and Zubin Mehta. He has been seen on German television as Fred, der Tanzlehrer, on Unter Uns.
His particular passion is sharing the wealth of songs by Black composers. His solo debut album of these works, entitled The Reaction was recently released on Albany Records. The American Record Guide called it “a special album that brings deserved attention to these fine composers. If you enjoy art song, this is not something to miss.” He has presented recitals internationally in Rome and Salzburg, and at multiple universities across the United States.
Dr. DuPont’s scholarly interest focuses on Transformative Inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of Black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline. Most recently his article, “Make the Door Open: Groundbreaking African American Teachers of Singing” appeared in the Voice and Speech Review. He has presented original research at conferences in Edinburgh, Stockholm, Vancouver, Orlando, and Indianapolis. He also co-authored “The Economic Impact of Vocal Attrition in Public School Teachers in Miami-Dade County” for The Laryngoscope with colleagues from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He was recognized as one of Diverse Magazine’s 2018 Emerging Scholars.
As an Assistant Professor of Voice on the faculty of The Peabody Conservatory, he teaches voice and a survey course on Art Song by African American Composers. 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 respectively. 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 under the tutelage of bass Kevin Short.