Adjunct Instructor of Music
Chicago native David Govertsen recently stepped in on short notice at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he “handsomely replaced the ill Peter Rose as the producer La Roche” opposite Renée Fleming and Anne Sophie von Otter in Capriccio. Govertsen also appeared on short notice as Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande with the Chicago Symphony under Esa-Pekka Salonen and as a soloist in James MacMillan’s Quickening with the Grant Park Orchestra. A former member of the Ryan Center at Lyric, his other mainstage assignments have included roles in Die Zauberflöte, Boris Godunov, Werther, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Madama Butterfly. He returns to Lyric this season as the Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette.
Govertsen recently created the roles of David/Bonobo in Matthew Aucoin’s new opera Second Nature for Lyric Opera Unlimited. Other operatic highlights of the past season include roles in double-bills at Chicago Opera Theater (The Emperor of Atlantis/The Clever One), Santa Fe Opera (Impresario/Le Rossignol), and the newly launched Chicago Theatre-Opera (The Telephone/Hello Out There), as well as Duke/Roméo et Juliette with Tulsa Opera, Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor with Main Street Opera, and Collatinus/The Rape of Lucretia with Chicago Fringe Opera. On the concert stage this season, he appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach Week Festival, Apollo Chorus, and the Fox Valley Orchestra, among others.
Govertsen made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 as the Herald in Otello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Fe Opera and Central City Opera apprentice programs and holds degrees from Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, and the College of DuPage. Locally in Chicago, he has performed dozens of roles, among them the title roles in Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale, and Gianni Schicchi, the Four Villains/Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, Colline/La Bohème, Basilio and Bartolo/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola, Zaccaria/Nabucco, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Padre Guardiano/La Forza del Destino, Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress, and Friedrich Bhaer/Little Women.