David Walker

General & Artistic Director

David has immense experience managing successful fundraising and marketing campaigns for arts organizations across the country, including the Glimmerglass Festival, Sarasota Opera, North Carolina Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is regularly a guest lecturer on the business of opera and often serves on vocal competition adjudicating panels, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – a competition he himself won in 1998. Prior to his arts administration career, Walker had an 18-year international singing career, performing with some of the most prestigious opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), among others. He appears on both studio and live audio and video recordings.

David is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), holds a Bachelor of Arts in industrial engineering, a Master of Music in vocal performance, a Master of Arts in arts administration, and a Master of Business Administration, both with an arts administration focus, and has completed the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Learn more about David and his role at Palm Beach Opera here.