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 and was (Susannah’s) perfect awkward foil with stentorian vocal projection, a very fine Figaro.” 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.
Mr. Donovan has sung at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria for the past six seasons.
Todd will be joined on the South Pacific stage at the Palladium Theatre by his daughter Arwyn who will be playing the role of his daughter.